Quotes by: Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Halifax
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The Earl of Halifax in 1947
20th Viceroy and Governor-General of India
In office
3 April 1926 – 18 April 1931
Monarch George V
Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin Ramsay MacDonald
Preceded by The Earl of Reading
Succeeded by The Earl of Willingdon
Secretary of State for War
In office
7 June 1935 – 22 November 1935
Monarch George V
Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
Preceded by The Viscount Hailsham
Succeeded by Duff Cooper
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
21 February 1938 – 22 December 1940
Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain Winston Churchill
Preceded by Anthony Eden
Succeeded by Anthony Eden
British Ambassador to the United States
In office
1940–1946
Monarch George VI
President
Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman
Prime Minister
Winston Churchill Clement Attlee
Preceded by The Marquess of Lothian
Succeeded by The Lord Inverchapel
Leader of the House of Lords
In office
22 November 1935 – 21 February 1938
Monarch
George V Edward VIII George VI
Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin Neville Chamberlain
Preceded by The Marquess of Londonderry
Succeeded by The Earl Stanhope
In office
3 October 1940 – 22 December 1940
Monarch George VI
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Preceded by The Viscount Caldecote
Succeeded by The Lord Lloyd
Lord President of the Council
In office
28 May 1937 – 9 March 1938
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
Preceded by Ramsay MacDonald
Succeeded by The Viscount Hailsham
Lord Privy Seal
In office
1935–1937
Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
Preceded by The Marquess of Londonderry
Succeeded by The Earl De La Warr
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
In office
1933–1959
Preceded by The Viscount Grey of Fallodon
Succeeded by Harold Macmillan
Personal details
Born Edward Frederick Lindley Wood
(1881-04-16)16 April 1881
Powderham Castle, Devon, England
Died 23 December 1959(1959-12-23) (aged 78)
Garrowby Hall, Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lady Dorothy Evelyn Augusta Onslow
Religion Anglo-Catholic

Ignorance makes most men go into a political party, and shame keeps them from getting out of it.
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
When people contend for their liberty they seldom get anything for their victory, but new masters.
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
Those who are of the opinion that money will do everything may reasonably be expected to do everything for money.
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for.
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it.
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
The invisible thing called a Good Name is made up of the breath of numbers that speak well of you.
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
He who leaves nothing to chance will do few things poorly, but he will do few things.
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
Hope is generally a wrong guide, though it is very good company by the way.
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
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