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Posted: 6/12/2003 7:35:29 PM EDT
Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed ; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves." - Sir Winston Churchill, My friend has this as his sig line on his email. I really like it and may adopt it as my sig line here. I want to know the history of it and what were the circumstances.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 7:44:50 PM EDT
This one's better: When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 7:47:40 PM EDT
i'm pretty sure that was around the time the blitzkreig of britain started
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 8:02:34 PM EDT
http://www.winstonchurchill.org/fh112langworth.htm
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 8:47:26 PM EDT
Too damn long to be a sig line- but one of the greatest quotes of all time. I wish we could clone Winston along with Tom Jefferson and a few others.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 8:56:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BillofRights: Too damn long to be a sig line- but one of the greatest quotes of all time. I wish we could clone Winston along with Tom Jefferson and a few others.
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Thomas Jefferson's clone would probably get sued.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 9:49:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sewer_Urchin: My friend has this as his sig line on his email. I really like it and may adopt it as my sig line here.
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Too long to be a sig line. Established netiquette requires a sig line not longer than 4 lines, with no more than 74 characters, including spaces and punctuation, on each.
Link Posted: 6/12/2003 9:51:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Kar98:
Originally Posted By Sewer_Urchin: My friend has this as his sig line on his email. I really like it and may adopt it as my sig line here.
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Too long to be a sig line. Established netiquette requires a sig line not longer than 4 lines, with no more than 74 characters, including spaces and punctuation, on each.
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[ROFL]
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 1:08:21 AM EDT
Hey Kar98, are you serious about that netiquette thing? lol. I've never even heard the term nettiquette.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 3:17:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By rileyindy: This one's better: When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
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I thought that was actually a Stalin quote. My favorite Churchill quote was: "A Communist is someone who has nothing and wants to share it with you." God Bless Winston, a true conservative.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 3:37:05 AM EDT
Churchill received my vote for the Man of the Century (remember that poll Time did in 1999?).
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 3:47:48 AM EDT
He had so many quotes that are worthwhile I couldnt possibly list em all.
From the days of Sparticus, Weishophf, Karl Marx, Trotski, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Ema Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th Century. And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire. Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most times he will pick himself up and carry on. I like a man who grins when he fights. There are a lot of lies going around... and half of them are true. If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce. A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. The inherent vice of capitalism is the uneven division of blessings, while the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal division of misery. A nation that forgets its past is doomed to repeat it. When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But, it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing strength in the air, 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. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. 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. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. The price of greatness is responsibility. I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free, and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age…. 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.' Today we may say aloud before an awe-struck world: 'We are still masters of our fate. We are still captain of our souls.' In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies. We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said it is the quality which guarantees all others. I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory -- victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is. The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried. Never abandon life. There is a way out of everything except death.
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[Last Edit: 6/13/2003 5:57:44 AM EDT by tequilabob]
best churchill quote madam i may be drunk, but you are ugly...... i will be sober in the morning i have used that one a few times
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