That was a disaster. They should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that? It's Sue's I think. It's just ridiculous. She's just a sort of bigoted woman that said she used to be Labour.
Rochdale, April 2010
She was the people's princess and that is how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and our memories for ever.
Trimdon, Durham, August 1997
It is the one event in my life of which I am most ashamed and I have long feared would be made public.
Statement to The Times, September 2002
I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime.
BBC1 interview, March 1973
I promise you that if you look at it from outside, I don't think that other people in the world would share the view that there is mounting chaos.
Guadeloupe, January 1979
As Prime Minister, I want to speak to you, simply and plainly, about the grave emergency now facing our country. We are limiting the use of electricity by almost all factories, shops, and offices, to three days a week.
Televised speech, December 1973
The president raised the question, without excessive enthusiasm, of our co-operation with him in South Vietnam, even if only on a token basis. I made it clear that we could not enter into any such commitments.
Personal entry, October 1964
This young, gay and brave statesman, killed in the full vigour of his manhood when he bore on his shoulders all the cares and the hopes of the world.
Televised speech, November 1963
Indeed, let us be frank about it. Most of our people have never had it so good.
Bedford, July 1957
We are not at war with Egypt. We are in an armed conflict.
House of Commons, November 1956
I will not cease from mental fight, nor shall the sword sleep in my hand, 'til we have built Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land.
Scarbrough, October 1951
Everything tends towards catastrophe and collapse. I am interested, geared up and happy. Is it not horrible to be built like that? The preparations have a hideous fascination for me.
A letter to his wife, July 1914
Even if nothing further were to be published giving the true inside story of the past two years I should not fear the historian's verdict.
Personal entry, November 1940
You may think me Victorian, Sir. You may think my views out of date, but I believe I know how to interpret the minds of my own people: and I say that although it is true that standards are lower since the war it only leads people to expect a higher standard from their King.
Fort Belvedere, Surrey, December 1936
The desolation of loneliness is terrible. Was I wise? Perhaps not, but it seemed as though anything else was impossible.
Notebook entry, December 1932
This is a war Budget. It is for raising money to wage implacable warfare against poverty and squalidness. We shall have advanced a great step when poverty, wretchedness and human degradation will be as remote to the people of this country as the wolves which once infested its forests.
House of Commons, April 1909
There has been a well organised, carefully engineered conspiracy - directed in the main, I think, against my noble friend Lord Grey and myself.
The Reform Club, London, December 1916
Personally, I am a great believer in bed, in constantly keeping horizontal… the heart and everything else go slower, and the whole system is refreshed.
If you mean to sustain the Empire which our fathers did so much to build up, we must not allow our efforts to slacken until the great South African enterprise in which we have engaged has been carried through.