English politician, businessman, social reformer.
He was an ardent imperialist who favored social reform at home and expansion abroad; father to Neville and Austen Chamberlain.
In politics, there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight.
Learn to think Imperially.
It is said that the City [of London] is the centre of the world's finance . . .; the clearing-house of the world, any other nation may be its workshop. Now I ask you, gentlemen, whether . . . that is not a very short-sighted view.
The day of small nations has long passed away. The day of Empires has come.
We are not downhearted. The trouble is, we cannot understand what is happening to our neighbours.
Published Sources for
the above Quotations:
In letter from A.Balfour to 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, 24 Mar. 1856.