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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on babies, learning, mortality, parliament, politics, proof, statistics, and wishes

I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Sir Alan Patrick Herbert on parliament and people

People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any Act of Parliament.

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert (1890 - 1971)

Source: Uncommon Law, p. 28.

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A Quote by John Milton on contentment, daughters, fatherhood, gold, good, judgment, liberty, life, nobility, parliament, praise, presidency, victory, and words

Daughter to that good Earl, once President Of England's Council, and her Treasury, Who lived in both, unstained with gold or fee, And left them both, more in himself content, Till sad the breaking of that Parliament Broke him, as that dishonest victory At Chaeronea, fatal to liberty, Killed with report that old man eloquent. Though later born than to have known the days Wherein your father flourished, yet by you, Madam, methinks I see him living yet; So well your words his noble virtues praise, That all both judge you to relate them true, And to possess them, honoured Margaret.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Sonnet X, To the Lady Margaret Ley

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A Quote by George Mason on america, day, future, military, parliament, people, and resolution

When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually. . . . I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor. . . .

George Mason

Source: 1788, During Virginia’s ratification convention for the U.S. Constitution

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A Quote by Charles Babbage on confusion, ideas, kindness, machines, parliament, and questions

On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

Charles Babbage (1792 - 1871)

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