Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Thinking About Paris — and What Churchill Said About London on September 11, 1940.

November 15th, 2015

Episode 167 of 376 episodes

Like just about everyone, I’ve been following the horrific events in Paris. And I keep remembering a speech that Winston Churchill gave — on September 11, 1940. On that date, which many years later would come to be so significant, Churchill gave a broadcast about the “Blitz,” the brutal nightly bombing of London. Churchill’s words seemed to have been written for our own times: These cruel, wanton, indiscriminate bombings of London are, of course, a part of Hitler’s invasion plans. He hopes, by killing large numbers of civilians, and women and children, that he will terrorise and cow the people of this mighty imperial city, and make them a burden and anxiety to the Government…Little does he know the spirit of the British nation, or the tough fibre of the Londoners…who have been bred to value freedom far above their lives. This wicked man, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred, this monstrous product of former wrongs and shame, has now resolved to try to break our famous Island race by a process of indiscriminate slaughter and destruction. What he has done is to kindle a fire in British hearts, here and all over the world, which will glow long after ...

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