Listening to the radio today, I heard a clip from the great Sir Winston Churchill and it reminded me of what a fucking stud this guy was. So here are a few different quotes from one of my heroes.
Mrs. Braddock : Mr. Churchill, you are drunk!
Mr. Churchill : And you, madam, are ugly. But I shall
"And this would nip opinion in the bud; it would stop criticism as it reared its head, and it would gather all the power to the supreme party and the party leaders, rising like stately pinnacles above their vast bureaucracies of Civil servants, no longer servants and no longer civil."And where would the ordinary simple folk - the common people, as they like to call them in America - where would they be, once this mighty organism had got them in its grip?"
Liberalism has its own history and its own tradition. Socialism has its own formulas and aims. Socialism seeks to pull down wealth; Liberalism seeks to raise up poverty. Socialism would destroy private interests; Liberalism would preserve private interests in the only way in which they can be safely and justly preserved, namely, by reconciling them with public right. Socialism would kill enterprise; Liberalism would rescue enterprise from the trammels of privilege and preference. Socialism assails the pre-eminence of the individual; Liberalism seeks, and shall seek more in the future, to build up a minimum standard for the mass. Socialism exalts the rule; Liberalism exalts the man. Socialism attacks capital; Liberalism attacks monopoly.
Winston Churchill, Kinnaird Hall, Dundee, May 14, 1908.
We have to combat the wolf of socialism, and we shall be able to do it far more effectively as a pack of hounds than as a flock of sheep.
Winston Churchill, speech, 1937.
Athough it is now put forward in the main by people who have a good grounding in the Liberalism and Radicalism of the early part of this century, there can be no doubt that Socialism is inseparably interwoven with Totalitarianism and the abject worship of the State. It is not alone that property, in all its forms, is struck at, but that liberty, in all its forms, is challenged by the fundamental conceptions of Socialism.
Winston Churchill, B.B.C radio address, June 4, 1945.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Winston Churchill, House of Commons, October 22, 1945.
When the Socialist Government, in their clumsy arrogance, imposed upon us wartime controls for five more long years, they had not got a majority of the electorate behind them. Together with the Liberals and Independents who voted, we represented a larger tota of votes against the five years' restricition than those who voted for it. The Socialists have no majority in the nation; even with al the adventitious aid they got at the last election, they are a minority. They have a right to govern and administer the country but they have no right to ride rough-shod oer the majority of their fellow countrymen.
Winston Churchill, Friends House, London, November 28, 1945.
The German U-boats intheir worst endeavor never made bread rationing necessary in war. It took a Sociaist Government and Sociaist planners to fasten it on us in time of peace when the seas are open and the world harests good. At no time in the two world wars have our people had so little bread, meat, butter, cheese and fruit to eat.
Winston Churchill, Conservative Party Conference, Blackpool, October 5, 1946.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
Winston Churchill, Perth, May 28, 1948.
I do not wonder that British youth is in revolt against the morbid doctrine that nothing matters but the equal sharing of miseries: that what used to be called the submerged tenth can only be rescued by bringing the other nine-tenths down to their level; against the folly that it is better that everyone should have half rations rather than that any by their exertions, or ability, should earn a second helping.
Winston Churchill, London, June 22, 1948.
Socialism is based on the idea of an all-powerful State which owns everything, which plans everything, which distributes everything, and thus through its politicians and officials decides the daily life of the individual citizen.
Winston Churchill, London, January 21, 1950.
It is arguable whether the human race have been gainers by the march of science beyond the steam engine. Electricity opens a field of infinite conveniences to ever greater numbers, but they may well have to pay dearly for them. But anyhow in my thought I stop short of the internal combustion engine which has made the world so much smaller. Still more must we fear the consequences of entrusting to a human race so little different from their predecessors of the so-called barbarous ages such awful agencies as the atomic bomb. give me the horse.
Winston Churchill, speech, Royal College of Physicians, July 10, 1951.
They [the Russians] will bang and rattle on every window until they find one open, then they will invite themselves to dinner.
From what I have seen of our Russian friends and allies during the war, I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for weakness, especially military weakness. For that reason the old doctrine of a balance of power is unsound. We cannot afford, if we can help it, to work on narrow margins, offering temptations to a trial of strength.
Winston Churchill, speech at Westminster College, March 5, 1946.
I have always noticed that whenever a radical takes to Imperialism he catches it in a very acute form.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.