It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those other identified as outside the structures, in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to take our differences and make the strengths. For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.— Audre Lorde
Most Powerful House Commons quotations
We must learn to do economic work from all who know how, no matter who they are.
We must esteem them as teachers, learning from them respectfully and conscientiously. We must not pretend to know when we do not know.
A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.
If the present White House leadership runs the gauntlet of common sense and the people's will for peace and challenges us by starting MX missile deployment, then the Soviet Union will respond by deploying a new intercontinental ballistic missile of the same class, with its characteristics in no way inferior to those of the MX.
Look, we understood we couldn't make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue for the Nixon White House that we couldn't resist it.
There is nowhere in the world where sleep is so deep as in the libraries of the House of Commons.
Well, why do you want a political career? Have you ever been in the House of Commons and taken a good square look at the inmates? As weird a gaggle of freaks and sub-humans as was ever collected in one spot.
No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married.
There is no more striking illustration of the immobility of British institutions than the House of Commons.
Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.
This provision (the 4th Amendment) speaks for itself.
Its plain object is to secure the perfect enjoyment of that great right of the common law, that a man's house shall be his own castle, privileged against all civil and military intrusion.
There's a lot of people I've encouraged and helped to get into the House of Commons. Looking at them now, I'm not so sure it was a wise thing to do.
The House of Commons is called the Lower House, in twenty Acts of Parliament;
but what are twenty Acts of Parliament amongst Friends?
The food in the House of Commons is fairly good.
The cafe in Portcullis House is really very high quality, and you also have a choice of eating in the more traditional restaurants, the Churchill Room or the Members' Dining Room. I don't often eat in them, though, as I'm usually on the run.
If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
We have a war on women, race wars. Income wars, age wars, religious wars, anything you can imagine. A house divided against itself cannot stand it. And it's going to be up to us, to people, to begin the focus on the positive things, on the things that we have in common and stop listening to those who are stoking the fires of division.
Our Father who art in nature, who has given the gift of survival to the coyote, the common brown rat, the English sparrow, the house fly and the moth, must have a great and overwhelming love for no-goods and blots-on-the-town and bums, and Mack and the boys. Virtues and graces and laziness and zest. Our Father who art in nature.
But there's certainly only one thing I could never agree with George Galloway on. He's a teetotaller and wants to close all the bars in the House of Commons. That is just not on.
Only people who look dull ever get into the House of Commons, and only people who are dull ever succeed there.
Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.
For far too long the House of Commons has been run as little more than a private club by and for gentleman amateurs.
There are more hooligans in the House of Commons than at a football match.
The White House has something in common with the rest of America, and that is disdain for Congress. It is hard to blame them.
I'm not going to play politics on the floor of the House of Commons.
I am seeking every day to restore faith in Parliament - to ensure we have a House of Commons which is representative, effective and reconnected to the people we serve.
I never aspired to be Speaker simply so I could say, 'I am the Speaker of the House of Commons,' and tell my children that.
Many people I've met believe that plants are made up of soil-that the tree outside your house, for example, is mostly made from the soil in which it grew. That's a common mistake. That tree is mostly made up of one of the gases in our air (carbon dioxide) and water (hydrogen and oxygen). Trees are solidified air and sunlight.
People commonly educate their children as they build their houses, according to some plan they think beautiful, without considering whether it is suited to the purposes for which they are designed.
The House of Commons starts its proceedings with a prayer.
The chaplain looks at the assembled members with their varied intelligence and then prays for the country.
When I first came to the House of Commons and walked out into the lobby, men sprang to their feet. I asked them to sit down since I'd come to walk around. I didn't want them doing me favours.
Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.
What the government has to do, if it wants to govern for any length of time, is it must appeal primarily to the third parties in the House of Commons to get them to support it.
Most Canadians don't understand the House of Commons.
They turn on their televisions, see us yelling at one another, and dismiss us as a bunch of fools.
During the last 100 years, the House of Lords has never contributed one iota to popular liberties or popular freedom, or done anything to advance the common weal; but during that time it has protected every abuse and sheltered every privilege.
Thirty resolute men in your House of Commons could save the world.