Harold Macmillan Quotes
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Although I am still in favour of a National Government in these difficult times, and shall probably be found in the great majority of cases in the Government Lobby, there are some issues that have arisen, or are likely to arise, upon which I am unable to give the Government the support which it has, perhaps, the right to expect from those receiving the Government Whip. It occurs to me, therefore, that it would perhaps be more satisfactory if I was no longer regarded as being among the supporters of the present Administration.
So what did they do? They solemnly asked Parliament, not to approve or disapprove, but to 'take note' of our decision. Perhaps some of the older ones among you will remember that popular song: 'She didn't say "Yes", she didn't say "No". She didn't say "stay", she didn't say "go". She wanted to climb, but dreaded to fall, she bided her time and clung to the wall.'
To Nikita Khrushchev showing his dissatisfaction by banging his shoe on the desk:Perhaps we could have a translation, I could not quite follow.
To Rab Butler about a stack of papers:Macmillan: What are those?
Macmillan: Oh, I beg you, not policies. They come back to haunt you. Give them broad sunlit uplands, dear boy.
When asked to identify the greatest challenge for a statesman:Events, my dear boy, events.