Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Recipe for An
Indomitable Spirit

'If you're going through hell, keep going.'
--Winston Churchill. You can review an earlier mention of the late British leader here.


At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Mike Q said...

My favorite Churchill quote (probably apocryphal) was his reply to a dowager who said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."

Churchill shot back, "Madam, if you were my wife, I'd take it."

At 10:26 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That one always makes me laugh, too. The use of the exquisitely formal and mannerly word madam makes that reply all the funnier (and perhaps this one falls under the old journalism joke about it being "too good to check," meaning if we check on its accuracy and find it's not true, that would spoil everything). But it does sound like something the old boy would say, doesn't it? Anyway, like Lincoln, Einstein, Emerson and a few other larger-than-life figures, Churchill is the gift that keeps giving.

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Pat Washington said...

Hey, John, this is one of my favorite quotes! (The "going through hell" quote.) And go through hell I did! Just spent a week completely zapped out on the couch with the flu. It was a bad, bad bug. The week just flew by while I was sleeping, in between tortuous bouts of stuff like figuring out if my kids had clean clothes or matched socks, and driving them to school....

Of course, I have no benefits, so, no paycheck.

At 12:03 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Hope you get better soon, Pat.

At 12:41 AM, Blogger Mariana Soffer said...

I love that quote, I use it quite often. There is another one who is my favourite, goes something like this:
what is a man of great success?
It is that who goes from one failure to another with great enthusiasm

At 12:57 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I know all about that dynamic, Mariana. I'm quite enthusiastic about my failures.


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