„We have demonstrated to the world in actual practice that difficulties can be resolved by discussion as they cannot be resolved by force.“
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
Broadcast from London (16 April 1937), quoted in Service of Our Lives (1937), pp. 120-121.
Context: When we look round and consider the state of the world to-day, we see on every side bewilderment and doubt... I am no pessimist; I believe that in the end the countries of the world will find peace and prosperity— but that road will be a long and a hard one. For such a journey... above all, there is need of leadership. No one country— no group of countries— is so qualified to provide that leadership as the British Empire... I say this with no idea that we are necessarily better than other people, but because of our experience. For we, the peoples of the Empire, in our relations with one another, have set an example of mutual co-operation in the solution of our problems, such as, I believe, no group of nations has ever before achieved. We have demonstrated to the world in actual practice that difficulties can be resolved by discussion as they cannot be resolved by force.