The Lucky General’s favourite quotes…

I know he’s a good general, but is he lucky? … Napoleon

When the generals talk you better listen to him. When the generals talk you better do what he say … Midnight Oil

One day a rooster, the next day a feather duster … Famous political saying

The harder I practice, the luckier I get … Various professional golfers

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees … Emiliano Zapata / Midnight Oil

Lead, follow, or get out of the way … General George S Pattonet al

Go big or go home … American idiom

The enemy of my enemy is my friend … Ancient proverb

Float like a butterfly, sting like a beeMuhammad Ali

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five … Groucho Marx

This guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, “Hey you! Can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it into the hole, and moves on. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, “Father, I’m down in this hole; can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it into the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey, Joe, it’s me. Can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here”. The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out”… Leo McGarry / From the television series “The West Wing

The world is run by those who show up … Robert Johnson

If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true? … Oscar Hammerstein

If somebody tells you it’s pouring with rain and someone else tells you it’s bright and sunny it’s not your responsibility to quote both sources. Your role is to look out the window and determine who’s right … old journalist’s saying, as noted by Paul Syvret

A lot of guys watch Bruce Lee movies. Doesn’t mean they can do karate … Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) in the television series “Billions

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity … Albert Einstein

Don’t find fault, find a remedy … Henry Ford

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken … Oscar Wilde

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat … Lily Tomlin

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one … George Washington

Hunting season on me is over … CJ Gregg /  From the television series “The West Wing

Norman Stanley Fletcher… You are an habitual criminal who accepts arrest as an occupational hazard and presumably accepts imprisonment in the same casual manner … From the television series “Porridge

It always seems impossible until it’s doneNelson Mandela

Failure is not an option … Gene Kranz  / NASA?

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself … Charlie Chaplin

Politics is show business for ugly people … Paul Begala

My dear you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly … Winston Churchill

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself … Franklin D Roosevelt

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat itGeorge Santayana (though often attributed to Churchill)

For those who’ve come across the seas, we’ve boundless plains to share. With courage let us all combine, to advance Australia fair … Australia’s National Anthem, Second verse

A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things … Barack Obama

Balmain boys don’t cry … Neville Wran

About four VB’s comradeGraham Freudenberg, when asked what made the difference between a good speech and a great speech.

Having enemies worries some people. For me, it is badge of honour … Paul Keating

When Richo has a mates’ reunion, it’s at Long Bay GaolMark Latham

Let me make quite clear that I am for abortion and, in your case sir, we should make it retrospective … Gough Whitlam

Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke … Bette Midler