F. E. Smith, 1st Earl Of Birkenhead Quotes

Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead GCSI PC KC 12 July 1872 – 30 September 1930), known as F. E. Smith, was a British Conservative politician and barrister who attained high office in the early 20th century, in particular as Lord Chancellor. He was a skilled orator, noted for his staunch opposition to Irish nationalism, his wit, pugnacious views, and hard living and drinking. He is perhaps best remembered today as Winston Churchill's greatest personal and political friend until Birkenhead's death at age fifty-eight from pneumonia caused by cirrhosis of the liver.

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F. E. Smith, 1st Earl Of Birkenhead


We have the highest authority for believing that the meek shall inherit the earth; though I have never found any particular corroboration of this aphorism in the records of Somerset House.

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Good God, do you mean to say this place is a club?

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A people so individual in its genius, so tenacious in love or hate, so captivating in its nobler moods.

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I do not deal with subtleties; I am only a lawyer.

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Were cricket and football abolished, it would bring upon the masses nothing but misery, depression, sloth, indiscipline and disorder.

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