Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat

It was May 13, 1940 that Winston Churchill made his first speech to the Commons as Prime Minister, the "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat" speech:

You ask what is our policy. I will say, it is to wage war with all our might, with all the strength that God can give us, to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.  ..come then, let us go forward together with our united strength.
As Edward R. Murrow said, Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.

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