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John Burns Quotes

I must firmly adhere to the views I have held and practice, that Socialism to succeed must be practical, tolerant, cohesive and consciously compromising with Progressive forces running, if not so far, in parallel lines towards its own goal.
John Burns
Far, Goal, Succeed

You come before me this morning with clean hands and clean collars. I want you to have clean tongues, clean manners, clean morals and clean characters.
John Burns
Morning, Hands, Characters

I neither drink nor smoke, because my schoolmaster impressed upon me three cardinal virtues; cleanliness in person, cleanliness in mind; temperance.
John Burns
Mind, Three, Nor

Don’t hustle old people.
John Burns
Old, Hustle

I recognise that Socialism has ended its purely theoretical course, and that the hour to construct has come.
John Burns
Socialism, Course, Hour

Why four great powers should fight over Serbia no fellow can understand.
John Burns
Great, Understand, Fight

I believe, however, that impending events will call us and we must respond but where, with whom, and how?
John Burns
Call, However, Events

Judge men less by the labels they wear than by their persistent labour for sure if slow progress.
John Burns
Men, Less, Judge

The Thames is liquid history.
John Burns
History, Liquid, Thames

In this work I have received the opposition of a number of men who only advocate the unobtainable because the immediately possible is beyond their moral courage, administrative ability, and their political prescience.
John Burns
Work, Men, Courage

Books are a real solace, friendships are good but action is better than all.
John Burns
Good, Action, Books

For the moment and for some time great events have been denied me, forward action not come my way.
John Burns
Time, Great, Forward

I am depressed rather at the wave of brutality sweeping over the country.
John Burns
Rather, Depressed, Wave

I am not ashamed to say that I am the son of a washerwoman.
John Burns
Son, Ashamed

I don’t want boys to use their pencils for improper writing.
John Burns
Use, Boy, Pencils

Individual effort is almost relatively impossible to cope with the big problem of poverty as we see it.
John Burns
Problem, Almost, Impossible

My duty is clear and at all costs will be done.
John Burns
Duty, Clear, Costs

The Gentlemen of England serve under the greatest cad in Europe.
John Burns
Greatest, Europe, Serve

I am only doing now what I have ever done; and ever will continue to do – that is adapting past experience to present reform in the light of high ideals and future objects.
John Burns
Experience, Future, Past

I want the municipality to be a helping hand to the man with a desire of sympathy, to help the fallen when it is not in their power to help themselves.
John Burns
Power, Sympathy, Help

The men who made the war were profuse in their praises of the man who kicked the P.M. out of his office and now degrades by his disloyal, dishonest and lying presence the greatest office in the State.
John Burns
Men, War, Greatest

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