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I must firmly adhere to the views I have held and practice, that Socialism to succeed must be practical, tolerant, cohesive and consciously compromising with Progressive forces running, if not so far, in parallel lines towards its own goal. John Burns#Adhere 71
John Burns#Adhere 71
I neither drink nor smoke, because my schoolmaster impressed upon me three cardinal virtues; cleanliness in person, cleanliness in mind; temperance. John Burns#Cardinal 68
John Burns#Cardinal 68
Judge men less by the labels they wear than by their persistent labour for sure if slow progress. John Burns#Judge 67
John Burns#Judge 67
I am only doing now what I have ever done; and ever will continue to do - that is adapting past experience to present reform in the light of high ideals and future objects. John Burns#Adapting 64
John Burns#Adapting 64
In this work I have received the opposition of a number of men who only advocate the unobtainable because the immediately possible is beyond their moral courage, administrative ability, and their political prescience. John Burns#Ability 62
John Burns#Ability 62
I believe, however, that impending events will call us and we must respond but where, with whom, and how? John Burns#Believe 46
John Burns#Believe 46
I recognise that Socialism has ended its purely theoretical course, and that the hour to construct has come. John Burns#Come 46
John Burns#Come 46
I am not ashamed to say that I am the son of a washerwoman. John Burns#Ashamed 45
John Burns#Ashamed 45
The Thames is liquid history. John Burns#History 44
John Burns#History 44
Why four great powers should fight over Serbia no fellow can understand. John Burns#Fellow 41
John Burns#Fellow 41
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