George Canning

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I can prove anything by statistics except the truth.

George Canning (11 April 17708 August 1827) was a British statesman and politician who served as Foreign Secretary and, briefly, Prime Minister.

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  • I called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the Old.
    • The King’s Message, Dec. 12, 1826.
  • I can prove anything by statistics except the truth.
    • As quoted in A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908) edited by Tryon Edwards, p. 587

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  • Story! God bless you! I have none to tell, sir.
    • The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder.
  • I give thee sixpence! I will see thee damned first.
    • The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder.
  • So down thy hill, romantic Ashbourn, glides
    The Derby dilly, carrying three INSIDES.
    • The Loves of the Triangles, line 178.
  • And finds, with keen, discriminating sight,
    Black ’s not so black,—nor white so very white.
    • New Morality.
  • Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,
    Bold I can meet,—perhaps may turn his blow!
    But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
    Save, save, oh save me from the candid friend!
    • New Morality. Compare: "Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies", attributed to Maréchal Villars, when taking leave of Louis XIV.
  • No, here ’s to the pilot that weathered the storm!
    • The Pilot that weathered the Storm.

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