Winston Churchill: Never Give In: Section 2, chapter 14

Chapter 14: Humor

Churchill had a lot of wit and humor, once when he had just stepped out of the shower, President Roosevelt was just being wheeled in to his room. Very embarrassed, Roosevelt quickly turned to leave, when Churchill said “The Prime Minister of Great Britain has nothing to hide from the President of the United States”.

When someone said “familiarity breeds contempt” in a argument against him, he said, “Without a degree of familiarity we could not breed anything”.

One time his friend George Bernard Shaw wired him about his show at the theatre saying “I am reserving two tickets for you for my premiere. Bring a friend-if you have one”. He wired back: “Impossible to attend the first performance, will attend the second- if there is one”.

He always had a comeback every time somebody tried to be witty, or just joking around.

He also had a very bad temper, leading to witty insults. He talked about John Foster Dulles “dull, duller, Dulles.” And when Lady Astor once said “Winston, if I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee”, he swiftly replied, “Nancy, if I were your husband, I would drink it”. He loved a good laugh with anyone.

One thought on “Winston Churchill: Never Give In: Section 2, chapter 14

  1. Gabe, he was totally witty – this made me laugh. It’s always nice to learn about the human-side of people. Thanks, again for sharing what you are reading with us. I learn a lot.


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