John Burns - Quotes

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I neither drink nor smoke, because my schoolmaster impressed upon me three cardinal virtues; cleanliness in person, cleanliness in mind; temperance. ---->>>

Don't hustle old people. ---->>>

You come before me this morning with clean hands and clean collars. I want you to have clean tongues, clean manners, clean morals and clean characters. ---->>>

Why four great powers should fight over Serbia no fellow can understand. ---->>>

The men who made the war were profuse in their praises of the man who kicked the P.M. out of his office and now degrades by his disloyal, dishonest and lying presence the greatest office in the State. ---->>>

The Thames is liquid history.

The Thames is liquid history.

I want the municipality to be a helping hand to the man with a desire of sympathy, to help the fallen when it is not in their power to help themselves.

I want the municipality to be a helping hand to the man with a desire of sympathy, to help the fallen when it is not in their power to help themselves.

I must firmly adhere to the views I have held and practice, that Socialism to succeed must be practical, tolerant, cohesive and consciously compromising with Progressive forces running, if not so far, in parallel lines towards its own goal. ---->>>

Books are a real solace, friendships are good but action is better than all. ---->>>

My duty is clear and at all costs will be done. ---->>>

I believe, however, that impending events will call us and we must respond but where, with whom, and how? ---->>>

I am depressed rather at the wave of brutality sweeping over the country. ---->>>

I don't want boys to use their pencils for improper writing. ---->>>

Judge men less by the labels they wear than by their persistent labour for sure if slow progress. ---->>>

I am only doing now what I have ever done; and ever will continue to do - that is adapting past experience to present reform in the light of high ideals and future objects. ---->>>

I recognise that Socialism has ended its purely theoretical course, and that the hour to construct has come. ---->>>

Individual effort is almost relatively impossible to cope with the big problem of poverty as we see it. ---->>>

I am not ashamed to say that I am the son of a washerwoman. ---->>>

The Gentlemen of England serve under the greatest cad in Europe. ---->>>

For the moment and for some time great events have been denied me, forward action not come my way. ---->>>

In this work I have received the opposition of a number of men who only advocate the unobtainable because the immediately possible is beyond their moral courage, administrative ability, and their political prescience. ---->>>


Nationality: English
Born: October 20, 1858
Die: 01-24, 1943
Occupation: Activist

John Elliot Burns (20 October 1858 – 24 January 1943) was an English trade unionist and politician of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly associated with London politics. He was a socialist and then a Liberal Member of Parliament and Minister. He was anti-alcohol and a keen sportsman (wikipedia)