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Success: What Churchill REALLY Said

Success: What Churchill REALLY Said

It is Com­mence­ment time across col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, and some speak­ers will be quot­ing Churchill on suc­cess in life. In the hope that they will quote him accu­rate­ly, here is a small selec­tion. At the bot­tom are two no-nos: things he nev­er said, but is always cred­it­ed as say­ing.

University of Miami, 26 February 1946:

I am sur­prised that in my lat­er life I should have become so expe­ri­enced in tak­ing degrees, when, as a school-boy I was so bad at pass­ing exam­i­na­tions. In fact one might almost say that no one ever passed so few exam­i­na­tions and received so many degrees.…

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Churchill’s Phony “Success” Quotes

Churchill’s Phony “Success” Quotes

Wasn’t on Twit­ter 24 hours before encoun­ter­ing the two most pop­u­lar Churchill mis­quotes: (1) “Suc­cess is not final, fail­ure is not fatal: it is the courage to con­tin­ue that counts.” (2) “Suc­cess is the abil­i­ty to go from one fail­ure to anoth­er with no loss of enthu­si­asm.”

These pop up by the dozens every day; while includ­ed in some poor­ly researched quote books, nei­ther can be found among Churchill’s 50 mil­lion pub­lished books, arti­cles, speech­es and papers; and words about him by close col­leagues. They are also some­times ascribed (also with­out attri­bu­tion) to Abra­ham Lin­coln.…

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