Churchill Quotes

Discussion in 'General' started by Marina, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. Marina

    Marina Senior Member

    If we're having a thread for Hilter quotes, can we have one for Churchill ones?

    One of my own favourites is the joke it is claimed he used to tell in after dinner speeches:

    'One incident preserved by General Ismay in an apocryphal and somewhat lively form may be allowed to lighten the narrative. His orderly, a Royal Marine, was shown the sights of Moscow by one of the Intourist guides. "This," said the Russian, is the Eden Hotel, formerly the Ribbentrop Hotel. Here is Churchill Street, formerly Hitler Street. Here is the Beaverbrook railway station, formerly Goering railway station. Will you have a cigarette, comrade?" The Marine replied, "Thank you, comrade, formerly bastard!"'

    Marina
     
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  2. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor

    My favourites are still the classics:

    "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few"

    The "we shall never surrender" speech and a few others I will need to look up.
     
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I am still narked how Bush et al quote Churchill to strengthen their arguements.
    What do others think? Without hijacking the thread.
    I feel he's OUR best ever leader. Not yours hands off!
    Bit like us Brits can moan about this country but as soon as anyone else does the hackles go up!
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few"
    It is a fairly obvious one isn't it but the wartime poster of it has hung over the Mantelpiece of every place I've lived in. Great Stuff.

    I always liked this exchange with Lady Astor:
    "Winston, if I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee."
    "Nancy, if I were your husband I'd drink it."

    (Re Churchill Hijack Owen, It is balls isn't it. Worse is MP's who think they're being Churchillian when in fact they're juuuusssst speeeeakiiiinggg veeeeerrrrryyy sllllloooooooooowwwly. I suspect Oratory may be largely dead.)
     
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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    [​IMG][​IMG]VP reading a TANK book!

    Adam, as you "live" here too (like me) this will make you feel at home.
     
  6. Marina

    Marina Senior Member

    I am still narked how Bush et al quote Churchill to strengthen their arguements.
    What do others think? Without hijacking the thread.

    I agree, Owen. I think it was Bush who was compared to Churchill, or maybe he compared Blair to Churchill. But it's a backhanded compliment in a way- trying to get some glory by hanging on to the Great Man's coat tails. And they're not fooling anybody.
    Marina
     
  7. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor

    :D, I need to go buy that posted next time I see it...
     
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Thanks Owen.:rolleyes:
    That Does look strangely familiar to me, I feel Cosy Now.
    And Here's a quote for the Canadian Contingent to get a Rosy Glow off.

    "Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world. Canada, with those relations of friendly, affectionate intimacy with the United States on the one hand and with her unswerving fidelity to the British Commonwealth and the Motherland on the other, is the link which joins together these great branches of the human family, a link which, spanning the oceans, brings the continents into their true relation and will prevent in future generations any growth of division between the proud and the happy nations of Europe and the great countries which have come into existence in the New World."
    (P.S. Keep sending the tanks, Cheers, winston.)
     
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  11. Marina

    Marina Senior Member

    That's a good one! Hadn't come across it before.
    Marina
     
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    One for our old friend jimbo.
    "A Fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the Subject"[/

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


    And Those Locks really aren't long enough...Far too neat too.
     
  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
    Winston Churchill

    I wonder if he mentioned this to Monty about Normandy when he said something like "The British can't take another Somme."
     
  14. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    That can apply to a lot of people!

    Also, "Anti-Semitism is a good starter, but a bad finisher."
     
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Of course there's this famous poster too.
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  17. Hawkeye90

    Hawkeye90 Senior Member

    I am still narked how Bush et al quote Churchill to strengthen their arguements.
    What do others think? Without hijacking the thread.

    George Bush does not have the ability, nor the intelligence to to think of a quote himself.

    Franklin Roosevelt has some great quotes though.

    "We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees."



    "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."



    "The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes strong than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power."


    "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."



    A "Quotations Page" would be cool.
     
  18. Marina

    Marina Senior Member

    I wonder if he mentioned this to Monty about Normandy when he said something like "The British can't take another Somme."

    I remember reading somewhere that he had been nauseated by the casualties and waste at the Somme. And is it trrue that at the time of the Normadny landings, Gallipoli was on his mind too? But I suppose the Great War must have haunted many of the leaders of the Second War.

    Marina
     
  19. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I remember reading somewhere that he had been nauseated by the casualties and waste at the Somme. And is it trrue that at the time of the Normadny landings, Gallipoli was on his mind too? But I suppose the Great War must have haunted many of the leaders of the Second War.

    Marina
    Fears that Normandy would become another Gallipoli or would be as difficuilt as Anzio were at the forefront of Churchills mind. Allanbrooke claims to have constantly had to reassure the PM on this score.
     

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