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A. J. Balfour
(1848-1930) born on
Jul 25
English statesman. He was Prime Minister, 1902-05; wrote "Balfour Declaration," 1917, approving the establishment of Jewish state in Palestine.
         
   
F
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the even more refined accomplishments of skipping and skimming.

R
It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth.
A
I thought he was a young man of promise; but it appears he was a young man of promises.
N
He [A. J. Balfour] was eminently one of the Cole Porter school of famous men, who only fell to rise again. Picking himself up and brushing himself down became a minor art form, ruefully admired by his contemporaries.
K
I do not know how it comes about, but if you sit opposite a man every day and you are engaged in fighting him, you cannot help getting a liking for him whether he deserves it or not.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Mr. Balfour."
R: Letter to Mrs. Drew, 1918.
A: Said of Winston Churchill.
N: Of Balfour by Peter Clarke; in "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: In "Daily Telegraph," 16 Apr 1936.
   


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