Harold Macmillan Quotes

If you don’t believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency. Decency is very good. Better decent than indecent. But I don’t think it’s enough. Harold Macmillan

We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts. Harold Macmillan

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living. Harold Macmillan

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

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts. Harold Macmillan

At home, you always have to be a politician; when you’re abroad, you almost feel yourself a statesman. Harold Macmillan

I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance. Harold Macmillan

Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set. Harold MacMillan

A strange, a perverted creed that has a queer attraction both for the most primitive and for the most sophisticated societies. Harold Macmillan (on communism)

Power? It’s like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there. Harold MacMillan

Let us be frank about it: most of our people have never had it so good. Harold MacMillan

As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound. Harold MacMillan