Winston Churchill (50 jaar dood) in zijn meest kenmerkende citaten

Vijftig jaar geleden stierf Winston Churchill, de overwinnaar van Adolf Hitler. Zijn 15 meest typerende citaten: 1. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. 2. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. 3. If you’re going through hell, keep going. 4. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. 5. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. 6. I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. 7. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope. 8. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. 9. My dear you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly. 10. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. 11. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. 12. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. 13. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. 14. The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. 15. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

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  1. Dead Silence

    Ik vind 3, 4 en 14 goed.

  2. Jannie Ooms

    Wijzig 14 in ‘The best argument against democracy is a five-minute discussion with the average reaguurder’ en ik kan me er helemaal in vinden.

  3. NoID

    7, 2, 3 zijn mijn toppers

  4. Dutchy

    Allemaal briljant. 15 is wel typisch Engelse humor.

  5. Desperanto

    Ik mis enkele eveneens beroemde uitspraken:

    – Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few (Battle of Britain)
    – I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat (13 mei 1940)
    – This was their finest hour

  6. Windows 8

    He’s giving you the “up your ass”

  7. DoubleUC

    Een ADHD’er, net als ik. Never a dull moment and follow the leader leader leader!

  8. Bart

    Ook van Churchill:

    ‘Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

    ‘The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

    ‘A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.

    ‘The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

    ‘Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

    ‘No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.

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