Fw: Churchill quote?

James Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Wed Mar 31 18:07:18 PST 1999

On Wed, 31 Mar 1999 20:20:40 -0500 Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com> writes:
>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,
>>>>no heart. If you're still one at 40 you have no brain." ??
>Shane Mage replied:
>>It was, supposedly, Georges Clemenceau.

Clemanceau is the politician to whom this quote is usuallually attributed. However, Doug may remember, the discussion last year concerning who actually first uttered the statement concerning Somoza, that "he may be a son of a bitch but he is our son of a bitch." This is usually attributed to FDR but in fact there are several other people who may have uttered it first such as Colonel Hull and some of FDR's other people. The exact provence of such statements tends to be rather hazy since politicians and journalists are shameless about stealing each other's "good lines."

Jim F.
>According to the Columbia Dictionary of Quotations via Microsoft
>I pass the test that says a man who isn't a socialist at 20 has no
>and a man who is a socialist at 40 has no head.
>William Casey (1913-87), U.S. intelligence chief, director of the
>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
>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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