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Quotations From A.J. (ARTHUR JAMES) BALFOUR

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  • 1.
    The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done.
    A.J. (Arthur James) Balfour (1848-1930), British Conservative politician, prime minister. Speech, May 7, 1926. Five days later, the Trades Unions Congress was forced to call off the General Strike, which, though bringing the country to a virtual standstill, was unable to prevent volunteers from manning essential services.
  • 2.
    His Majesty's Government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.
    A.J. (Arthur James) Balfour (1848-1930), British statesman. Letter, November 2, 1917. This document, which became known as the "Balfour Declaration," committed British support for a Jewish national home in Palestine.

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  • 3.
    Biography should be written by an acute enemy.
    A.J. (Arthur James) Balfour (1848-1930), British Conservative politician, prime minister. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 30, 1927).
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