Winston Churchill Quotes (Author of The Crisis)
This was the second of three major speeches given around the period of the Battle of France ; the others are the " Blood, toil, tears, and sweat " speech of 13 May and the " This was their finest hour " speech of 18 June. Events developed dramatically over the five-week period, and although broadly similar in themes, each speech addressed a different military and diplomatic context. In this speech, Churchill had to describe a great military disaster, and warn of a possible invasion attempt by the Nazis , without casting doubt on eventual victory. He also had to prepare his domestic audience for France's falling out of the war without in any way releasing France to do so, and wished to reiterate a policy and an aim unchanged — despite the intervening events — from his speech of 13 May, in which he had declared the goal of "victory, however long and hard the road may be". He had done so as the head of a multiparty coalition government , which had replaced the previous government led by Neville Chamberlain as a result of dissatisfaction with the conduct of the war, demonstrated by the Norway debate on the Allied evacuation of Southern Norway.
I've always been inspired by persistence. When you fall down, you get back up again.
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Sir Winston Churchill: "Never give in — never, never, never, never in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense". I read it in one breath. The fate of the outstanding Englishman impressed me immeasurably. And then I began not just studying Winston Churchill's biography, but investigating his fate's dependence on the historic events of that time, while observing the peculiarities of life of a real Englishman. Of course, I could not do without his contemporaries' reminiscences.
Almost a year has passed since I came down here at your Head Master's kind invitation in order to cheer myself and cheer the hearts of a few of my friends by singing some of our own songs. The ten months that have passed have seen very terrible catastrophic events in the world--ups and downs, misfortunes-- but can anyone sitting here this afternoon, this October afternoon, not feel deeply thankful for what has happened in the time that has passed and for the very great improvement in the position of our country and of our home? Why, when I was here last time we were quite alone, desperately alone, and we had been so for five or six months. We were poorly armed. We are not so poorly armed today; but then we were very poorly armed.
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