“Never Give In”



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Winston Churchill as Prime Minister of Great Britain in early 1941

 “the whole English-speaking world are passing through a dark and deadly valley.”

From speech to House of Commons  22 January 1941

(photo by Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh)



Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis probably knows I regard Winston Churchill as the  greatest man of the 20th Century if not the greatest man in the last thousand years or more in the history of the Western world.

This is one of my favorite Churchill quotes.



“Never Give In”


“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.”


Explains the Churchill Centre: the speech was made at Harrow School, 29 October 1941. It is commonly believed that Churchill stood up, gave the three-word speech, “Never give in!,” and sat down.

This is incorrect, as is the suggestion, variously reported, that the speech occurred at Oxford or Cambridge. It was on his first visit to his old school, Harrow, where he would continue to return for the annual “Songs,” making his last appearance in 1961.






About the Author:

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/