„It is fundamental to Socialism that we should liquidate the British Empire as soon as we can.“

—  Stafford Cripps, Hull Daily Mail, 2 March, 1936.
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British politician 1889 - 1952

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„I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
speech at Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, Mansion House, London, November 10, 1942 The Yale Book of Quotations, ed. Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press (2006), p. 153

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„What are ten, twenty, or thirty millions when the British Empire is at stake? This is an artillery war. We must have every gun we can lay hands upon.“

—  David Lloyd George Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1863 - 1945
Quoted in Lord Riddell's diary entry (13 October 1914), J. M. McEwen (ed.), The Riddell Diaries 1908-1923 (London: The Athlone Press, 1986), p. 92

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„The British people realise that they are fighting for the hegemony of the Empire. If necessary we shall continue the war single-handed.“

—  George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston British politician 1859 - 1925
King Albert I of Belgium's diary entry (7 February 1916), quoted in R. van Overstraeten (ed.), The War Diaries of Albert I King of the Belgians (1954), p. 85.

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„As we study [the British Empire's] destiny, we are bound to think of it less as a human achievement than as an instrument of Divine Providence for the promotion of the progress of mankind.“

—  Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
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„It is the end of the British Empire.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Remark to Harold Nicolson (22 September 1938) after Neville Chamberlain flew to Godesberg to meet Hitler, quoted in Harold Nicolson, Diaries and Letters, 1930-1964 (London: Penguin, 1980), p. 134

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„I take it to be a fundamental assumption that whatever post-war international organisation is established, it will be our aim to maintain the British Commonwealth as an international entity, recognised as such by foreign countries.... If we are to carry our full weight in the post-war world with the US and USSR, it can only be as a united British Commonwealth.“

—  Clement Attlee Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1883 - 1967
'The Relations of the British Commonwealth to the Post-War International Political Organisation' (June 1943), quoted in Correlli Barnett, The Lost Victory: British Dreams, British Realities 1945–1950 (Pan, 1995), p. 51.

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„Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Autobiography (1821), reprinted in Basic Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Philip S. Foner, New York: Wiley Book Company (1944} p. 464

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