Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his friends for his life.
(Jeremy Thorpe (b. 1929), British Liberal politician. Remark, 1962. Quoted in D.E. Butler and Anthony King, The General Election of 1964, ch. 1 (1965).
In response to a Cabinet "reorganization" in which many members of the Cabinet were sacked by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. The remark is a play on the words of Jesus in St. Mark 15:13, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.")
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. IV, p. 330, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (July 8, 1887).)