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  • 21.
    This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in The Complete Plain Words, "The Handling of Words," Ernest Gowers (1954). Said to be a marginal comment by Churchill against a sentence that clumsily avoided ending with a preposition.
  • 22.
    There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Radio broadcast, March 21, 1943. Vol. 7, Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (1974).
  • 23.
    Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, June 18, 1940, House of Commons, London. Vol. 6, Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (1974). Announcing the fall of France, and the start of the "Battle of Britain." Two days later, a week after the Germans had entered Paris, France concluded an armistice with Germany.
  • 24.
    I am not invested with dictatorial powers. If I were, I should be quite ready to dictate.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer, prime minister. speech, Aug. 7, 1925, to House of Commons, as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • 25.
    It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. speech, Feb. 22, 1906, to the House of Commons, on the position of indented Chinese laborers working in the Rand mines in the Transvaal, South Africa. made soon after assuming office of Under-Secretary for the Colonies. Of Churchill's last phrase, former colonial secretary Joseph Chamberlain commented: "Eleven syllables, many of them of Latin or Greek derivation, when one good English word, a Saxon word of a single syllable, would do!"
  • 26.
    Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, June 18, 1940, House of Commons, announcing the fall of France, and the start of the Battle of Britain. Two days later, a week after the Germans had entered Paris, France concluded an armistice with Germany.
  • 27.
    Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer, prime minister. First wartime address, September 4, 1914, Guildhall, London.
  • 28.
    An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. quoted in Reader's Digest (Pleasantville, N.Y., Dec. 1954).
  • 29.
    Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. minutes, taken Aug. 30, 1941. Quoted in Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 3 (1950). Of report of the MAUD Committee that it would be possible to make a uranium bomb.
  • 30.
    Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Remark made in 1911. Quoted in Former Naval Person, ch. 1, Sir Peter Gretton (1968).
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