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Quotes of the Day for 30 November 2003 – Churchill

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace near Oxford, England on this day in 1874. His father was a duke, his mother an American heiress. He graduated from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, served in India and Sudan, and then resigned his commission to cover the Boer War as a journalist. As first lord of the admiralty he modernized the Royal Navy in preparation for World War I. He was in and out of politics, his forceful opinions didn't always make him welcome on either side of the aisle. Those opinions did make him a good fit during World War II when he served as Prime Minister. Throughout his life he was an ardent student of history, and wrote several volumes. His quick wit and clear language make him a favorite of any quotation collector.

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The quotes:

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.

For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
     - All from Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

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