Month: June 2011

Churchill’s “Make a Life” Non-Quote

Churchill’s “Make a Life” Non-Quote

Next to the var­i­ous “suc­cess” quotes, one of the most pop­u­lar Churchill mis­quo­ta­tions that bedi­zen the Inter­net is: “You make a liv­ing by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”

This cropped up in sev­er­al poor­ly researched Churchill quote books and was tak­en up in a 2005 TV ad by Lock­heed Mar­tin. No one ever lists a ref­er­ence, because there is none: It can­not be tracked to Churchill and is an old saw put in his mouth to make it more inter­est­ing. List­ed with oth­er “red her­rings” in Churchill By Him­self.…

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“The Truth is Great, and Shall Prevail”: Remembering Bill Rusher 1923-2011

“The Truth is Great, and Shall Prevail”: Remembering Bill Rusher 1923-2011

William A. Rusher …

came to our aid in a pinch. Striv­ing to “bal­ance” our polit­i­cal speak­ers, we Churchill Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers plan­ning the 1994 event in Banff, Alber­ta want­ed a con­ser­v­a­tive. We had wel­comed the lib­er­al Roy Jenk­ins on our Scot­tish Churchill Tour that sum­mer. We’d invit­ed Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and William Man­ches­ter to address our 1995 con­fer­ence. So to Banff we invit­ed Mil­ton Fried­man, to explain why Churchill was right (yes!) to put Britain back on the gold stan­dard when he was Chan­cel­lor of the Exche­quer in the Twen­ties. (It was what Churchill didn’t do, in wage and tax pol­i­cy, Dr.…

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“Bring a friend if you have one”

“Bring a friend if you have one”

GBS in 1925 (Wiki­me­dia)

Alas the famous exchange between Churchill and George Bernard Shaw is  fic­tion.

Accord­ing to the usu­al­ly reli­able Kay Halle, in her quo­ta­tions book Irre­press­ible Churchill (Cleve­land: World, 1966, page 116), Shaw wrote to Churchill in 1924: “Am reserv­ing two tick­ets for you for my pre­miere. Come and bring a friend—if you have one.”

Churchill, Halle says, replied: “Impos­si­ble to be present for the first per­for­mance. Will attend the second—if there is one.” Finest Hour edi­tor Dal­ton New­field explained in the 1970s that the play in ques­tion was Shaw’s “St.

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