“Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, freebooters; all Indian leaders will be of low calibre & men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles.”
The statement above is attributed to Churchill. I cannot find it, as a speech or in a book. Although it is widely and increasingly quoted in the Indian press and, given what is happening, he seems to have been prophetic! —K.P., India
I searched for this line, and isolated key word combinations (rascals, etc.), without success.…
Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality: What He Actually Did and Said is published. To order at a $15 discount visit the Hillsdale College Bookstore. (E-book edition also available on Amazon.)
Not a day passes when Winston Churchill, who proved indispensable when liberty hung in the balance, is not accused of something dreadful. Charges range from alcoholism and racism to misogyny and warmongering. Frequently there is no documentation, only partial quotes selected to advance preconceived notions and canards.…
Optimist and Pessimist: Fifteen minutes of fame! David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Brexit, boots one in his recent speech and I’m finally in The Guardian. Probably the first and last time, given my opinions. **
Question: Referring to your posts of quotations Churchill never said, do you know who actually did say “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”? I find no attribution other than to Churchill.