20 Neville Chamberlain Quotes from the British Politician

Neville Chamberlain was a UK Prime Minister that emerged from a political lineage, beginning in manufacturing before turning to politics.

He served in roles such as Postmaster General and Chancellor of the Exchequer helping to establish the welfare state.

His prime ministership is characterized by the controversial policy of “appeasement” towards Adolf Hitler which led to the Munich Agreement in 1938, believed to ensure peace.


However, Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939 prompted Chamberlain to declare war.

Following military missteps, he stepped down in 1940, replaced by Winston Churchill.

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He died of bowel cancer later that year.

I have listed below the most popular quotes by Neville Chamberlain.

Top 5 Neville Chamberlain Quotes


I believe it is peace in our time. ~ Neville Chamberlain.


Finland must not be allowed to disappear off the map. ~ Neville Chamberlain.


This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace in our time. ~ Neville Chamberlain.


In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers. ~ Neville Chamberlain.


When life give you hundred reasons to cry, show life thousand reasons to smile. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

Powerful Neville Chamberlain Quotes

We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

Whatever the lengths to which others may go, His Majesty’s Government will never resort to the deliberate attack on women and children and other civilians for purposes of mere terrorism. ~ Neville Chamberlain.


We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

Thrift is that habit of character that prompts one to work for what he gets, to earn what is paid him; to invest a part of his earnings; to spend wisely and well; to save, but not hoard. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

I tell you that I’m not dictatorial, I’m not intolerant, I’m not overpowering! You’re all wrong, wrong, wrong, I tell you! I’m the most relaxed and understanding of people! None of you, I insist, must ever say I’m dictatorial again! ~ Neville Chamberlain.

Best Neville Chamberlain Quotes

Though I never shout at Labour Members or insult them, I can never understand the psychology of some of our men who endeavoured to reason with them. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

It is evil things that we will be fighting against-brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution-and against them I am certain that the right will prevail. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe. ~ Neville Chamberlain.


No doubt the Jews aren’t a lovable people; I don’t care about them myself; but that is not sufficient to explain the Pogrom. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

Armed conflict between nations is a nightmare to me, but if I were convinced that any nation had made up its mind to dominate the world by fear of its force I should feel it should be resisted. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

However much we may sympathize with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbor, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in a war simply on her account. If we have to fight it must be on larger issues than that… ~ Neville Chamberlain.

How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing. It seems still more impossible that a quarrel which has already been settled in principle should be the subject of war. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

Taxation is not a method by which the community corporately provides itself with essential services, but a fund to be divided between different interests with political claims upon the state. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

Whatever may be the reason, whether it was that Hitler thought he might get away with what he had got without fighting for it, or whether it was that after all the preparations were not sufficiently complete – however, one thing is certain: he missed the bus. ~ Neville Chamberlain.

So these were the 20 famous quotes about Neville Chamberlain.

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