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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