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If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop. They should certainly not get it from their politicians.

Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) British politician
(Attributed)

Quoted in Henry Fairlie, The Life of Politics (1969)
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I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.

Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) British politician
Wall Street Journal (13 Aug 1963)
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A Foreign Secretary — and this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretary — is always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliché and the indiscretion.

Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) British politician
Remarks, House of Commons (27 Jul. 1955)
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