Never Give Up

May 14, 2020

never give up

When Winston Churchill visited his old school to address it in 1942, it is commonly thought that his entire talk consisted of a memorable encouragement never, never to give up.

You can hear his gravelly growly voice declaiming those words! In fact they were part of a slightly longer – though still commendably brief talk. Here is the memorable talk he gave to the boys:

We cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out to be far worse than they are; and yet without imagination not much can be done. People who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist; certainly many more than will happen; but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination.

For everyone who has lived through these [last turbulent months of the war], this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never; in nothing, great or small, large or petty: never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. (churchill-society-london.org.uk)

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