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William Ewart Gladstone


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William Ewart Gladstone (29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898), was a British Liberal statesman. In a career lasting over sixty years, he served as Prime Minister four separate times (1868–1874, 1880–1885, February–July 1886 and 1892–1894), more than any other person. Gladstone was also Britain's oldest Prime Minister, 84 when he resigned for the last time. He had also served as Chancellor of the ... more »

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  • ''All the world over, I will back the masses against the classes.''
    W.E. (William Ewart) Gladstone (1809-1888), British Liberal prime minister, statesman. Speech, June 28, 1886, Liverpool, England.
  • ''You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side.''
    W.E. (William Ewart) Gladstone (1809-1898), British statesman. Speech, April 27, 1866, to the House of Commons. On the Reform Bill.
  • ''If Germany is to become a colonising power, all I say is, "God speed her!" She becomes our ally and partner in the execution of the great purposes of Providence for the advantage of mankind.''
    W.E. (William Ewart) Gladstone (1809-1898), British statesman, prime minister. Speech, March 12, 1885, to the House of Commons.
  • Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as...
    W.E. (William Ewart) Gladstone (1809-1888), British Liberal prime minister, statesman. speech, Nov. 26, 1879, Dalkeith, Scotland.
  • There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in fre...
    W.E. (William Ewart) Gladstone (1809-1888), British Liberal prime minister, statesman. speech, Nov. 27, 1879, West Calder, Scotland.
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