F E Smith (Lord Birkenhead) Quotes

F E Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930). British Conservative statesman and lawyer who became Lord Chancellor. Although a notable opponent of Irish nationalism, he played a leading role in the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, which led to the creation of the Irish Free State. Smith was noted for his quick wit and oratory, and was one of the most vivid public personalities of his time, loved and loathed in equal measure by friends and opponents. He is chiefly remembered today for his close friendship with Winston Churchill.

Lord Birkenhead

Lord Birkenhead by Leslie Ward


The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords. (Rectorial address, Glasgow University, 7 November 1923)

Mr. Speaker, I do not, more than another man, mind being cheated at cards. But I find it a little nauseating if my opponent then proceeds to ascribe his success to the favor of the Most High. (House of Commons, March 12, 1906)

Politically, economically and philosophically the motive of self-interest not only is but must… and ought to be the mainspring of human conduct. (Rectorial address, Glasgow University, 7 November 1923)

It would be possible to say without exaggeration that the miners’ leaders were the stupidest men in England if we had not frequent occasion to meet the owners. (1926, on the failure of negotiations to prevent the General Strike)
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Achievement Quotes

A selection of quotes from authors living and dead, ancient and modern, on achievement – which can be defined as something that has been successfully accomplished, particularly by means of hard work, skill or persistence.

Mountain Climbers

Mountain Climbers. Toby Speight, via Wikimedia Commons


The top achievers believe in themselves and their plans, and they work constantly to ensure those plans are worthy of their belief.
Garry Kasparov

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
Napoleon Hill

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.
Napoleon Hill

The greatest achievements of men, were at first, nothing but dreams of the minds of men who knew that dreams are the seedlings of all achievements. A burning desire, to be and to do, is the starting point, from which the dreamer must take off.
Napoleon Hill
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Teamwork and Teambuilding Quotes

Although Edward Abbey might disagree (see the last quote below), teamwork is that magic ingredient that can make the whole greater than the sum of its parts, and lead to real achievement. We hope that the following selection of quotes will help inspire you and your team.

Barn raising - teamwork in action

Barn Raising – Teamwork in Action. By John Boyd, via Wikimedia Commons

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
Lee Iacocca

In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.
Lee Iacocca

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
Vince Lombardi

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi
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Champagne Quotes

From Napoleon to Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde to Brigitte Bardot – everyone loves champagne. We hope that you’ll enjoy our sparkling quotes on this most luxurious and uplifting of all wines – for which the whole world owes France a debt of gratitude!

Uncorking a Champagne Bottle

Uncorking a Champagne Bottle. By Niels Noordhoek, via Wikimedia Commons

I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not.
Coco Chanel

Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.
Madame de Pompadour

I cannot live without champagne.
Winston Churchill

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
F Scott Fitzgerald
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