I’m exhausted from a long day at the polls yesterday, but also delighted. After another night’s sleep, I’ll pull together my thoughts (and, trust me, I have a few of them) on our victory in Virginia. One of my main thoughts has been a quote from William Churchill:
[T]his 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. We stood all alone a year ago, and to many countries it seemed that our account was closed, we were finished. All this tradition of ours, our songs, our School history, this part of the history of this country, were gone and finished and liquidated.
Very different is the mood today. Britain, other nations thought, had drawn a sponge across her slate. But instead our country stood in the gap. There was no flinching and no thought of giving in; and by what seemed almost a miracle to those outside these Islands, though we ourselves never doubted it, we now find ourselves in a position where I say that we can be sure that we have only to persevere to conquer.
There is a legend, two legends in fact, one of Arthur saying, “When England needs me I will be back.” And there’s another one of Francis Drake saying, “If you need me, beat my drum and I will be there.” And I think that when England was attacked, Arthur did not appear on Glastonbury Tor holding Excalibur. What happened [was] his essence woke up in every single person and it was a question of “Do what you like, you’re not going to set foot on British soil.” Churchill, when he said “We will fight you, we will fight you on the streets, [and so on],” that was what went through.
So, those are our words for this Wednesday. Never give up and remember that each of us has to do our part, not just wait for some “great man (or woman) of history” to appear and fix things.
/hat tip to Sia for sharing this picture with me