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“The most important thing about education is appetite”

“The most important thing about education is appetite”

I am asked if Churchill ever said “the most impor­tant thing about edu­ca­tion is appetite.” He did, but it isn’t easy to find. I checked his Com­plete Speech­es under “edu­ca­tion” and came up with an extract from a 1929 speech at Bris­tol Uni­ver­si­ty, where he was Chan­cel­lor:

Churchill in aca­d­e­m­ic robes at Har­vard, 1943, where he told Amer­i­cans, “The price of great­ness is respon­si­bil­i­ty.” Behind him is his long­time Scot­land Yard body­guard, Det.-Sgt. Wal­ter Thomp­son.

“I nev­er myself had the advan­tage of a uni­ver­si­ty edu­ca­tion. I was not thought clever enough to prof­it by it to the full.…

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