Tag: Alexander the Great

Churchill on Trial: Washington, 1953

Churchill on Trial: Washington, 1953

Churchill and Tru­man, Ful­ton, 1946. (AP)

In ear­ly 1953, Win­ston Churchill was placed on tri­al by his peers, with Pres­i­dent Tru­man the pre­sid­ing judge, for com­plic­i­ty in the use of atom­ic bombs. To any­one who may write to say that he and Tru­man were mak­ing light of events caus­ing thou­sands of deaths, the answer is twofold: 1) How do you know they were mak­ing light?; and 2) This is in answer to a his­tor­i­cal query. Sources: Clark Clif­ford, rec­ol­lec­tion, to Richard Lang­worth, 1988. Mar­garet Tru­man, “After the Pres­i­den­cy,” in Life, 1 Decem­ber 1972, 69-70. Also record­ed in her book, Har­ry S.

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Churchillian (or Yogi Berra) Drift

Churchillian (or Yogi Berra) Drift

Yogi Berra, 1950s

“If you don’t know the author of a choice quote, cred­it it to Churchill, Ein­stein, Lin­coln or Mar­tin Luther King, Jr.. Every­body will be impressed and they said so much that nobody will know the dif­fer­ence.”

I have been look­ing for a term to describe the numer­ous pot­ted, inac­cu­rate Churchill quotes: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth puts its trousers on” is big right now on Twit­ter. Also: “Suc­cess is not final, fail­ure is not fatal: it is the courage to con­tin­ue that counts.”

Then there is: “If I were your hus­band, I’d drink it,” Churchill’s alleged retort to Lady Astor’s threat to poi­son his cof­fee, which was most like­ly uttered by his friend F.E.

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