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His early life
Wall Street Journal, by Andrew Roberts

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Posted By:Hazymac, 3/27/2013 5:54:02 PM

One of the problems facing anyone trying to write about Winston Churchill´s early life is that Churchill himself wrote "My Early Life," one of the best autobiographies in the English language. Michael Shelden, the distinguished biographer of Graham Greene and George Orwell, has nonetheless done an entertaining and erudite job of presenting the disparate pieces of Churchill´s life between the ages of 26 and 40—with one glaring and regrettable exception. It was in this 1901-15 period, Mr. Shelden observes, that Churchill readied the Royal Navy for a world war, pursued a radical agenda of social reform, crossed

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Almost all individuals who hunger and hanker for political power, historical acclaim, and widely acknowledged greatness are scoundrels the world would be better off without. But there are rare exceptions, Churchill being possibly the essential man of the Twentieth Century. Not everyone appreciated him, though. During his first campaign (1900) an elderly man said, "Vote for you? Why, I´d rather vote for the devil!" Churchill: "I understand. But in case your friend isn´t running, may I count on your vote?"

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40, 3/27/2013 6:15:57 PM     (No. 9247111)

A condescending society lady is said to have said to the young Winston Churchill running for Parliament "Winston, there are two things I don´t like about you. Your politics and your mustache". To which he replied "Madam, I assure you you are not likely to come into contact with either of them". Among other things, in today´s day and age he would have given so called Comedy Show hosts a run for their money.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: octrojan, 3/27/2013 6:41:48 PM     (No. 9247159)

As implied in the article, Churchill, like Einstein and Yogi Berra, didn´t actually say a lot of things attributed to him. Not sure about #1´s quote however.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StuartL, 3/27/2013 7:30:27 PM     (No. 9247218)

Nancy Astor: "Winston, if I were married to you I´d poison your tea."

Churchill: "Madam, if I were married to you, I´d drink it."

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