Sir Winston Leonard Spencer- Churchill (1874-1965) is someone I would have liked to meet. He is well known to us for his leadership of the UK during WW II. He served as Prime Minister twice (1940-45 and 1951-55), was a statesman, orator, noteable wit, officer of the British Army, historian, writer and artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature and was made an honourary citizen of the US. You knew all that but what about this:
Winston’s Mother, Jennie Jerome was born in Brooklyn, her Mother was 1/4 Iroquois. She sported a tattoo of a snake coiled around her left wrist, long before it was fashionable. Nancy Astor once told Churchill, “If I was your wife, I’d posion your coffee,” and he replied, “If I was your husband, I’d drink it.” He loved cigars and his favourite drink was champagne, preferably Pol Roger. His favourite movie was “That Hamilton Woman” (1941). Early in his life, he worked briefly as a greeting card designer for Hallmark.
He didn’t like school and had this to say about it:
"How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years. I made very little progress in my lessons, and none at all at games. I counted the days and the hours to the end of every term when I should return home from this hateful servitude and range my soldiers in line of battle on the nursery floor. The greatest pleasure I had in those days was reading. When I was nine and a half my Father gave me "Treasure Island," and I remember the delight with which I devoured it. My teachers saw me at once backward and precocious, reading books beyond my years and yet at the bottom of the Form. They were offended. They had large resources of compulsion at their disposal, but I was stubborn. Where my reason, imagination or interest were not engaged, I would not or I could not learn."
The quotes attributed to Winston Churchill that I admire are too numerous to compile but here’s a few to consider:
"A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality."
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy and hope."
"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."
"Never, never, never give up."
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