The word majesty was now dropped; but, with the deepest respect and humility, I was addressed as the count. What could I do? I accepted the title, and from that moment I was known as Count Peter.
The mood in which my book was conceived and executed, was in fact to some extent a passing one.
If the ends don’t justify the means, what does?
When the children were very small, I worked in the morning only, and then gradually, as they spent full days at school, I could spend full days at work.
No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner.
No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.
Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.
Great men always pay deference to greater.
Consult duty not events.
When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention, and giving the tone to the conversation.