“I am a child of the House of Commons. I was brought up in my father’s house to believe in democracy. ‘Trust the people’—that was his message… I owe my advancement entirely to the House of Commons, whose servant I am. In my country, as in yours, public men are proud to be the servants of the State and would be ashamed to be its masters. Therefore I have been in full harmony all my life with the tides which have flowed on both sides of the Atlantic against privilege and monopoly….By the way, I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way around, I might have got here on my own!” – First of three speeches to a Joint Session of the States Congress, after Pearl Harbor, delivered 26 December 1941. (The others occurred in 1943 and 1952.) (1)
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965). British politician, army officer, and writer.
He was the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was a member of the Liberal Party. (2)
- International Churchill Society (2019). https://winstonchurchill.org/resources/quotes/famous-quotations-and-stories/, consulted on December 14th, 2019.
- Wikipedia (2019). Winston Churchill. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Waltz, consulted on December 14th, 2019.