Category: Quotations

Sir Winston’s Enduring Legacy: Churchill Day 2019

Sir Winston’s Enduring Legacy: Churchill Day 2019

Washington, 1963

Jacque­line Kennedy offered a touch­ing and durable vision of Churchill’s lega­cy at the White House cer­e­mo­ny on 9 April 1963—now “Churchill Day” in Amer­i­ca. It was when Pres­i­dent Kennedy bestowed hon­orary U.S. cit­i­zen­ship on Sir Win­ston.

Aged 88, Churchill was rep­re­sent­ed by his son Ran­dolph, who was a bun­dle of nerves. In the Oval Office before­hand, the First Lady recalled, “Ran­dolph was ashen, his voice a whis­per. ‘All that this cer­e­mo­ny means to [Ran­dolph and the Pres­i­dent],’ I thought, ‘is the gift they wish it to be for Randolph’s father.’” “Ran­dolph stepped for­ward to respond: ‘Mr.…

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Churchill in Oslo, 1948: Stray Gems from a Distant Past

Churchill in Oslo, 1948: Stray Gems from a Distant Past

On 11-13 May 1948, Win­ston Churchill was in Nor­way to accept an hon­orary degree from Oslo Uni­ver­si­ty. He gave five speeches—University, City Hall, Stort­ing (Nor­we­gian Par­lia­ment) and two din­ners. All five can be found in Churchill’s speech vol­ume Europe Unite, or Win­ston S. Churchill: His Com­plete Speech­es 1897-1963. They offer six gems of Churchillian wis­dom. I plan to add them to the upcom­ing new edi­tion of Churchill by Him­self, my book of quo­ta­tions.

Oslo Variations

A read­er reminds us of these obscure ora­tions by send­ing one: Churchill’s din­ner speech on May 12th.…

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Clementine Churchill as Literary Critic

Clementine Churchill as Literary Critic

Q: Clementine as Editor

Your book Churchill By Him­self is a trea­sure to which I fre­quent­ly refer. I am a retired pro­fes­sor who recent­ly lost his wife. I am prepar­ing a memo­r­i­al to her and found Churchill’s words as quot­ed in Andrew Roberts’ recent biog­ra­phy to be per­fect. The sense of his words is that his wife Clemen­tine was was a fre­quent, strong and fair crit­ic of his writ­ings, always help­ful. I know that is not much to go on but I would appre­ci­ate cor­rob­o­rat­ing infor­ma­tion.  —M.S., via email

A: “Here firm, though all be drifting”

I will have to pon­der your ques­tion, because his remarks about Lady Churchill are main­ly trib­utes to her as wife, friend and advi­sor, not lit­er­ary critic–although of course she was that too.…

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