“God bless us, every one!” Tiny Tim, in A Christmas Carol, 1843, by Charles Dickens
This fortress built by Nature for herself,
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands;
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England…
Shakespeare, Richard II, c. 1595
We have to convince all other countries that the Nazi tyranny is going to be finally broken.
The right to guide the course of world history is the noblest prize of victory….The task which lies before us immediately is at once more practical, more simple and more stern.
I hope – indeed, I pray – that we shall not be found unworthy of our victory if after toil and tribulation it is granted to us.
For the rest, we have to gain the victory.
That is our task.
Winston Churchill, ‘The Few’, August 20th, 1940
The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it,
malice may distort it, but there it is.
Winston Churchill, May 17th 1916.