Do not read history. Read biography for it is life without theory.
Damn your principles! Stick to your party.
The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.
There is no gambling like politics.
Other men condemned to exile and captivity, if they survive, despair; the man of letters may reckon those days as the sweetest of his life.
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory.
It is easier to be critical than correct.