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WINSTON CHURCHILL (on Appeasement, Leftists, Islam, Socialism, etc.)
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Posted on 02/17/2003 1:20:36 AM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo

ON APPEASEMENT:

"There is no greater mistake than to suppose that platitudes, smooth words, and timid policies offer a path to safety."

"How many wars have been averted by patience and good will?"

"An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last."

"When nations are strong, they are not always just and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong."

"Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance."

"I cannot subscribe to the idea that it might be possible to dig ourselves in and make no preparations for anything else than passive defense. It is the theory of the turtle."

"I never worry about action, but only about inaction."

On Neville Chamberlain: (famous weakling aka appeaser)

"He was given a choice between war and dishonor. He chose dishonor and he will have war anyway."

On Islam:

"What the horn is to the rhinoceros, what the sting is to the wasp, the Mohammadan faith is to the Arabs."

On Socialism:

"If I were asked the difference between Socialism and Communism, I could only reply that the Socialist tries to lead us to disaster by foolish words and the Communist could try to drive us there by violent deeds."

"Socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the abject worship of the State."

"Government of the duds, by the duds, and for the duds."

"No socialist system can be established without a political police."

"Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy."

"It is not alone that property, in all its forms, is struck at, but that liberty, in all its forms, is challenged by the fundamental conceptions of socialism."

"'All men are created equal' says the American Declaration of Independence. 'All men shall be kept equal' say the Socialists."

"Some see private enterprise as a predatory animal to be shot, others look on it as a cow to be milked but a few see it as a sturdy horse pulling a wagon."

"If you destroy a free market, you create a black market."

"The vice of capitalism is that it stands for the unequal sharing of blessings; whereas the virtue of socialism is that it stands for the equal sharing of misery."

"Socialism assails the pre-eminence of the individual."

"Is it better to have equality at the price of poverty or well-being at the price of inequality?"

"The flame of Christian ethics is still our best guide...only on this basis can we reconcile the rights of the individual with the demands of society."

On leftists:

"They are the most disagreeable of people...Their insincerity? Can you not feel a sense of disgust at the arrogant presumption of superiority of these people? Superiority of intellect! Then, when it comes to practice, down they fall with a wallop not only to the level of ordinary human beings but to a level which is even far below the average."

"These very high intellectual persons who wake up every morning...see what they can find to demolish, to undermine, or cast away."

"Let them quit these gospels of envy, hate, and malice. Let them abandon the utter fallacy, the grotesque, erroneous, fatal blunder of believing that by limiting the enterprise of man, by riveting the shackles of a false equality...they will increase the well-being of the world."

On Communism:

"Bolshevism is not a policy; it is a disease."

"The day will come when it will be recognized without doubt throughout the civilized world that the strangling of Bolshevism at birth would have been an untold blessing to the human race."


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: appeasement; churchill; communism; communist; islam; leftists; quotes; socialism; winstonchurchill

1 posted on 02/17/2003 1:20:36 AM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Nice collection.

I don't think I'd bet the rent that they're all valid Churchill, but we can enjoy the sentiments anyway :-)

2 posted on 02/17/2003 1:56:09 AM PST by T'wit
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival.

There may be a worse case.

You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

3 posted on 02/17/2003 4:02:56 AM PST by RaceBannon
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To: MadIvan
Words to the wise. Your man, Ivan! :-)
5 posted on 02/17/2003 4:54:05 AM PST by Happygal
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
save. thank you for posting this.
6 posted on 02/17/2003 4:59:34 AM PST by Barset
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To: freedomworks
The French Government issued an indefinite ban on fireworks after
soldiers at a nearby French army garrison surrendered during last week's
fireworks display at Euro Disney.
7 posted on 02/17/2003 5:03:10 AM PST by GailA (stop PAROLING killers Throw Away the Keys http://keasl5227.tripod.com/)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
During the mini-filibuster on the Estrada nomination last week, Senator Durban (Illinois) had the gall to compare Senator Byrd's (West Virginia) ramblings to the warnings of Winston Churchill on the floor of Commons about the German menace. Durban had it dead wrong, of course. Byrd was playing the Chamberlain role of fear and appeasement, rather than the Churchill one of truth and commitment.

I resolved on hearing that to make it the heart of mycolumn this week. Your post of Churchill quotes only confirmed the wisdom of that choice. The new column's title is "Buncombe Rides Again, and Again."

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, "Using the Old Noodle," now up on UPI andFR.

8 posted on 02/17/2003 5:14:13 AM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: RepoGirl
BUMP!
9 posted on 02/17/2003 5:14:57 AM PST by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("Could be the Fuhrer Could be the local priest. You know sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.")
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo; freedomworks
Thanks for a great collection!
10 posted on 02/17/2003 5:39:58 AM PST by livius
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To: T'wit
Bet??? I am old enough to remember some of them in the original. I think you would lose.

"He was given a choice between war and dishonor. He chose dishonor and he will have war anyway."

I remember this one and it is my all time favorite.

11 posted on 02/17/2003 5:47:37 AM PST by cynicom
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To: T'wit; dd5339; cavtrooper21
Not sure if they're all authentic Churchill, but it ought to be verifiable on the web. Check out some of the Churchill historical sites.
12 posted on 02/17/2003 5:53:14 AM PST by Vic3O3 (-47 below keeps the riffraff out!)
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To: Vic3O3; T'wit
Source: The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill: A Treasury of More than 1,000 Quotations and Anecdotes
by James C. Humes
(with a forward by Richard M. Nixon)
1994, HarperPerennial
$12.95
ISBN 0-06-092577-9
15 posted on 02/17/2003 10:30:56 AM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: MRAR15Guy56
Winston was a bloviating phony.

"Have some whiskey and soda water. It is a good drink to draw a sword on."

Cheers, Winnie

PS. "I like a man who grins when he fights."

16 posted on 02/17/2003 10:46:12 AM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: MRAR15Guy56
I don't think there was much Churchill could do. FDR sold the farm and England was just the renter hoping not to be kicked off the land.
17 posted on 02/17/2003 11:30:55 AM PST by FreeAtlanta
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To: MRAR15Guy56
After liberating Eastern Europe from the Nazis, they promptly handed them over to 'Uncle Joe' Stalin for a 50 year run of communist domination.

With the exception of parts of Czechoslovakia, the Russians pretty much "liberated" Eastern Europe themselves.

18 posted on 02/17/2003 11:33:20 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
He was among the greatest of the great....and I was fortunate enough to hear him speak!.....

But unfortunately, those times were their finest hour

19 posted on 02/17/2003 11:36:52 AM PST by rmvh
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To: Congressman Billybob
While I imagine you have read it in the past, here is a pre-war speech of Churchill dealing with appeasment. The issue was letting the years go by not dealing with defense, but the words apply to all appeasment. Might be helpful in citing a real Churchill warning...its one of my favorites.The Years the Locusts Hath Eaten
20 posted on 02/17/2003 11:45:02 AM PST by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
One of the great paragraphs from the speech I linked above:
The First Lord of the Admiralty in his speech the other night went even farther. He said, 'We are always reviewing the position. Everything, he assured us is entirely fluid. I am sure that that is true. Anyone can see what the position is. The Government simply cannot make up their minds, or they cannot get the Prime Minister to make up his mind. So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent. So we go on preparing more months and years - precious, perhaps vital to the greatness of Britain - for the locusts to eat. They will say to me, 'A Minister of Supply is not necessary, for all is going well.' I deny it. 'The position is satisfactory.' It is not true. 'All is proceeding according to plan.' We know what that means.

21 posted on 02/17/2003 11:50:56 AM PST by KC Burke
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To: FreeAtlanta; MRAR15Guy56
Re your #17....so true.

FDR was sick and some say unstable....Churchill on the other hand was masterful in his manipulation although he had to let the Yalta disaster slide.

Happily, Sir Winston has most recently been elected as the greatest British statesman of all time, narrowly beating out Newton and The Bard.

Don't let airheads having minimal grasp of historical fact bother you....


22 posted on 02/17/2003 11:55:41 AM PST by rmvh
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To: rmvh
Have been corrected...#22 should read the greatest Englishman of all time. Sorry.
23 posted on 02/17/2003 12:00:13 PM PST by rmvh
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Churchill bttt
24 posted on 02/17/2003 12:02:02 PM PST by lodwick (Plan as if you'll live forever, live as though today's the last. No regrets.)
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Thanks for the great quotes. Saved them off.

I like this one: "Bolshevism is not a policy; it is a disease."

I recall Michael Savage saying something similar, except substitute liberalism for bolshevism.

27 posted on 02/17/2003 3:28:20 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: cynicom
I'm also old enough to remember a lot of Churchill. I'd be glad to bet -- loser makes a donation to Free Republic (and winner, too :-) ). And I'd be delighted if I guessed wrong and all of these quotes are authentic. But I don't think we could ever settle the bet.

Churchill, like Lincoln, was so quotable on his own, he's picked up lots of apocryphal quotes over the years. In time those show up in supposedly serious sources. I suppose that's normal -- people say, "Wow, that's a great sentiment, I'll bet Churchill said that," and attribute it to him without looking it up. The next thing you know, it's in a quotations dic. 200 years from now, some scholar will sort it all out and say, "I can't find anything in his writing that he said this, this or that."

28 posted on 02/18/2003 10:00:46 AM PST by T'wit
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To: T'wit
Most are attributable to Churchill for two reasons. One, he was a much feared and despised person in government and power circles. They were only too eager to subscribe anything to him they could. The other is that Churchill spoke out on very controversial subjects, thus most willing to give him his due.
29 posted on 02/18/2003 10:14:35 AM PST by cynicom
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo

bttt


30 posted on 05/22/2011 5:28:51 AM PDT by expatguy (Donations make Expat Better!)
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