Fw: Churchill quote?

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Wed Mar 31 17:20:40 PST 1999

Frances Bolton asked:

>>Someone just sent this on to me? Anyone know the answer?
>>>Was it Winston Churchill who said "if you're not a socialist at 20, you
>>>no heart. If you're still one at 40 you have no brain." ??

Shane Mage replied:

>It was, supposedly, Georges Clemenceau.

According to the Columbia Dictionary of Quotations via Microsoft Bookshelf:

I pass the test that says a man who isn't a socialist at 20 has no heart, and a man who is a socialist at 40 has no head. William Casey (1913-87), U.S. intelligence chief, director of the C.I.A. Quoted in his obituary, in: Washington Post (7 May 1987). The saying referred to by Casey was attributed to French socialist politician and premier Aristide Briand.

Aside from having said "War is too important a matter to be left to the military," Clemenceau also said "America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization."


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