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William Pitt der Jüngere

Geburtstag: 28. Mai 1759
Todesdatum: 23. Januar 1806


William Pitt der Jüngere war zweimal Premierminister von Großbritannien.

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„Roll up that map; it will not be wanted these ten years.“

— William Pitt the Younger
Upon seeing a map of Europe in January 1806 after hearing of the Battle of Austerlitz. Quoted in Stanhope, [https://archive.org/stream/lifeofwilliampit03stan/lifeofwilliampit03stan_djvu.txt Life of the Right Honourable William Pitt]. See also the Yale Book of Quotations.


„What I have now offered is meant merely for the sake of my country, for the simple question is: will you change your Ministers and keep the Empire, or keep your Ministers and lose the Kingdom?“

— William Pitt the Younger
William Cobbett, "Parliamentary History". Speech in the House of Commons, supporting a motion of censure on the government of Lord North, 15 March 1782.

„Most accursed, wicked, barbarous, cruel, unnatural, unjust and diabolical.“

— William Pitt the Younger
Speech in Parliament on the American Revolutionary War (February 26, 1781), reported in Hansard (Vol. 22), p. 487, Debate on Mr. Fox's Motion for a Committee.


„Pitt: Never fear, Mr. Burke: depend on it we shall go on as we are, until the day of judgment.
Edmund Burke: Very likely, Sir. It is the day of no judgment that I am afraid of.“

— William Pitt the Younger
Conversation at a dinner in 10 Downing Street (24 September 1791), quoted in George Pellew, The Life and Correspondence of the Right Hon. Henry Addington, First Viscount Sidmouth, Volume I (London: John Murray, 1847), p. 72.

„Not merely a chip of the old 'block', but the old block itself.“

— William Pitt the Younger
Nathaniel Wraxall, "Historical Memoirs of My Own Time", part 2. Edmund Burke's reaction to Pitt's maiden speech in Parliament. The 'old block' was William Pitt the Elder.

„We owe our present happiness and prosperity, which has never been equalled in the annals of mankind, to a mixture of monarchical government.“

— William Pitt the Younger
"The War Speeches of William Pitt", Oxford University Press, 1915, p. 29 Speech in the House of Commons, 1 February 1793.

„Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.“

— William Pitt the Younger
Speech in the House of Commons (18 November, 1783). Compare: "And with necessity, / The tyrant's plea, / excus'd his devilish deeds", John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book iv, line 393.


„Prostrate the beauteous ruin lies; and all
That shared its shelter perish in its fall.“

— William Pitt the Younger
The Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin, No. xxxvi, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

„I return you many thanks for the honour you have done me; but Europe is not to be saved by any single man. England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example.“

— William Pitt the Younger
"The War Speeches of William Pitt", Oxford University Press, 1915, p. 351 Speech at the Guildhall, City of London, 9 November 1805. This was Pitt's last speech in public.

„I think I could eat one of Bellamy's mutton pies.“

— William Pitt the Younger
Also "I think I could eat one of Bellamy's meat pies." Both in Rosebery, [https://archive.org/stream/pittrose00roseuoft/pittrose00roseuoft_djvu.txt Pitt]. Rosebery wrote that this story was related to him by Disraeli, who heard it as a young member of Parliament by a "grim old waiter of prehistoric reputation, who was supposed to possess a secret treasure of political tradition." According to Rosebery, "Disraeli mentioned the meat -- veal or pork I think, but I have forgotten." Reported in Rosebery, [https://archive.org/stream/pittrose00roseuoft/pittrose00roseuoft_djvu.txt Pitt].

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