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The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Irish playwright and politician, on Henry Dundas (1742-1811), British politician
The style of all pestilential filth that hath infested the state and government of this commonwealth.
Sir Harbottle Grimston, British MP, on William Laud (1573-1645), English clergyman and Archbishop of Canterbury
They inculcate the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing master.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84) on Lord Chesterfield's letters of advice to his son
They told me how Mr Gladstone read Homer for fun, which I thought served him right.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) on William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98)
This goat-footed bard, this half-human visitor to our age from the hagridden magic and enchanted woods of Celtic antiquity.
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) on David Lloyd George (1863-1945)
Wallowing in corruption like a rhinoceros in an African pool.
E. L. Godkin (1831-1902) on James G. Elaine, American politician
We did not conceive it possible that even Mr Lincoln would produce a paper so slipshod, so loose-joined, so puerile, not alone in literary construction, but in its ideas, its sentiments, its grasp. He has outdone himself.
Chicago Times (1863) on Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (19 November 1863)
What is that fat man in such a passion about?
Lord Eversley as a child in the gallery of the House of Commons, in G.W.E. Russell, Collections and Recollections (1898) on Charles James Fox (1749-1806), British statesman
What other man within the walls of parliament, however hasty, rude and petulant, hath exhibited such manifold instances of bad manners, bad feelings, bad reasonings, bad language and bad law?
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British poet, on Henry Peter Brougham (1778-1868), British statesman and author
Winston has devoted the best years of his life to preparing his impromptu speeches.
F. E. Smith (1872-1930) on Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
With death doomed to grapple Beneath this cold slab, he Who lied in the Chapel Now lies in the Abbey.
Lord Byron (1788-1824) on William Pitt (1759-1806)
You and I were long friends; you are now my enemy and I am Yours, Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) to William Strahan
You show the bourgeoisie your behind. We, on the contrary, look them in the face.
Georgi Plekhanov, Russian Social Democrat, on Vladimir llyich Lenin (1870-1924), Soviet leader
You've no idea what it costs to keep the old man in poverty.
Lord Louis Mountbatten (1900-79) on Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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