Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, on not being cowardly before evil.

4 June 1940

“I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.

At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty’s Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation.

The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”


About Jacques Delacroix

I am a sociologist, a short-story writer, and a blogger (Facts Matter and Notes On Liberty) in Santa Cruz, California.
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3 Responses to Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, on not being cowardly before evil.

  1. Gary says:

    Interesting the words of Churchil:
    They convey something that happens rarely today.
    Quite simply it is = action. We are so busy being politically correct that we stay mired inside our comfort zone where feelings keep us 100% out of action. What, we think that if we send a few forwards and emails – blog a little here and there – add a comment to this or that article that someone else will do the work of holding up accountability?! Fact is I believe that the action of love (saving one’s sovereignty is such an action) is what we do IN SPITE of how we feel. I think we soon will have our hand forced in this regard as the incrementalism of tyranny has been sped up by the age of information. Are we really ready and have the stomach for what may be ahead. Are we ready to be in action?

  2. Tom S. says:

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    The words of Sir Winston Churchill above speak to and spoke to western civilisation in its entirety, not just to the British people, in a call against nazi – style totalitarianism as opposed to a call to battle against communal tyranny (or communism,) which he equally championed in his Dayton speech some years later. If you have heard a recorded edition of this speech, which many people have, and the chances are you have if you listen to “Facts Matter,” it is / was an impassioned and emboldened plea to get the appeasers and the followers of a certain British Lord, probably even, though less light is shed on that, off of the pity pot and onto a war footing that would save Europe and America from violent and oppressive tyranny. That Central Europe and eastward were saved by this Churchill speech is subject to debate due to the battlefield destruction there and the changing tides of political administration in many countries after the war. See any classroom U.S. history textbook for background on this, or any text on Eisenhower as Supreme Allied Commander. America needs an Eisenhower – type to help our current situation in the Middle East, and a Churchill type who is excellent rhetorically – these people and their staffs could help resolve the tricky Afghan and Iraqi conflicts, though this is speculation on my part as I know nothing about the political and military media and machinery that results in winning efforts at present. Please pardon typographical, etc., errors.

    • jacquesdelacroix says:

      Hi, Tom. I agree with the spirit of what you say. If you find the speech, send it as a comment and I will put it up. Good idea. I am puzzled by your allusion to the “Iraqi conflict.” There is no conflict, I think but a legitimately elected government struggling against occasional acts of terrorism.

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