Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax quotes

Born
16 April 1881 Powderham Castle, Devon, England.

Died
23 December 1959.

Occupation
Statesman.

Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax was one of the most senior British Conservative politicians of the 1930s.

Power is so apt to be insolent and Liberty to be saucy, that they are seldom upon good Terms.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

When people contend for their liberty they seldom get anything for their victory, but new masters.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Ignorance makes most men go into a political party, and shame keeps them from getting out of it.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

The invisible thing called a Good Name is made up of the breath of numbers that speak well of you.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Most men’s anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

The more arguments you win, the less friends you will have.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

A person may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him a prisoner.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Those who are of the opinion that money will do everything may reasonably be expected to do everything for money.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

The several sorts of religion in the world are little more than so many spiritual monopolies.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Hope is generally a wrong guide, though it is very good company by the way.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

The past is the best way to suppose what may come.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

The plainer the dress, the greater luster does beauty appear.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Friendship cannot live with ceremony, nor without civility.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

He who leaves nothing to chance will do few things poorly, but he will do few things.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Men who borrow their opinions can never repay their debts.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Nothing would more contribute to make a man wise than to have always an enemy in his view.
– Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax