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