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He would kill his own mother just so that he could use her skin to make a drum to beat his own praises.
Margot Asquith (1864-1945), writer and wife of Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith, on Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.
H. L Mencken (1880-1956), American journalist and critic, on Warren G. Harding (1865-1923), American president
He's thin, boys. He's thin as piss on a hot rock.
Senator William E. Jenner on W. Averell Harriman (1891-1986), governor of New York
His face is ashen, gaunt his whole body, His breath is green with gall; His tongue drips poison.
Ovid (43 BC-AD 17), applied by John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) to John Randolph
His idea of getting hold of the right end of the stick is to snatch it from the hands of somebody who is using it effectively, and to hit him over the head with it.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright, on Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th American president
His impact on history would be no more than the whiff of scent on a lady's handkerchief.
David Lloyd George (1863-1945) on Arthur Balfour (1848-1930)
His smile is like the silver fittings on a coffin.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81) on Robert Peel (1788-1850)
How can they tell?
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) on hearing that American President Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) had died
I am sir, for the last time in my life, Your Humble Servant Horace Walpole.
Horace Walpole (1717-97), British prime minister, ending a letter to an uncle with whom he had quarrelled
I met Curzon in Downing Street, from whom I got the sort of greeting a corpse would give to an undertaker.
attr. Stanley Baldwin on Lord Curzon (1859-1925)
I met murder on the way - he had a mask like Castlereagh.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) on Viscount Castlereagh (1769-1822), British foreign minister (1812-22)
I think Baldwin has gone mad. He simply takes one jump in the dark; looks around and then takes another.
Lord Birkenhead (1872-1930) on Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947)
I thought he was a young man of promise; but it appears he was a young man of promises.
Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) on Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
I thought him fearfully ill-educated and quite tenth rate - pathetic. I felt quite maternal to him.
Hugh Walpole (1884-1941) on meeting Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) in 1925
If a traveller were informed that such a man was the leader of the House of Commons, he might begin to comprehend how the Egyptians worshipped an insect.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), British prime minister and author, on Lord John Russell (1792-1878), British prime minister
If Gladstone fell into the Thames, that would be a misfortune, and if anybody pulled him out that, I suppose, would be a calamity.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), British prime minister, on rival prime minister William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98)
If he were a horse, nobody would buy him; with that eye, no one could answer for his temper.
Walter Bagehot (1826-77), British constitutional historian on Lord Henry Peter Brougham (1778-1868), British statesman and author
If Kitchener was not a great man, he was at least, a great poster.
Margot Asquith (1864-1945) on Lord Kitchener (1850-1916)
It was said Mr Gladstone could convince most people of most things, and himself of anything.
Dean William R. Inge on Gladstone
Like a cushion he always bore the impress of the last man who had sat on him.
David Lloyd George on Lord Derby (1865-1948) (also attr. to Lord Haig)

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