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Monday, July 29, 2013

Never Give Up

(Hi there! I'm sorry I haven't posted in quite a while. I've been on a wonderful beach vacation. And also just generally quite busy. I should be getting back to regular posting, though :))


On October 29, 1941, Winston Churchill visited Harrow School to deliver a commencement address. He arrived with his usual hat, cane and cigar. He was a great man and the students greeted him with wild applause. He quieted them and stood gazing at them for several moments. Then he took off his hat and placed it carefully on the podium. He removed the cigar from his lips. The students were hushed, waiting to hear what word of advice Churchill would have for them. And they were prepared to keep listening for a very long time - he was a man of many words. At last Churchill spoke in his confident, slightly gravelly voice.
        "Never give up," he said. He stood silently again for several seconds, watching them. "Never, ever give up," he said, louder this time, rising to his toes. His voice thundered. Then he leaned forward, both hands gripping the podium. In a voice barely audible, so that the students had to bend toward him to hear, he said with passion, "Never, ever, ever give up."
     
Then he straightened himself and reached for his hat. He clapped it on his head, and popped the cigar back into his mouth. He steadied himself with his cane and marched off the platform. The students sat in half-awe, half-bewilderment. Winston Churchill's commencement speech was finished.

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