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Zzz
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"If you're 20 and not a liberal, you dont have a heart. If you're 40 and not a conservative, you dont have a brain"


google has ended in dead ends for me. Any help?

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LizzyJingleBells
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Someone on this board has a quote, very similar to that, as their signature. I know I read it today, but I'll be darned if I can remember who it is.

I can't remember exactly, but the ages were 20 and 30.

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LizzyJingleBells
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Okay, I found the quote, but it was not said by Churchill.

quote:
"Conservative by the time you're 35"
If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain." There is no record of anyone hearing Churchill say this. Paul Addison of Edinburgh University makes this comment: "Surely Churchill can't have used the words attributed to him. He'd been a Conservative at 15 and a Liberal at 35! and would he have talked so disrespectfully of Clemmie, who is generally thought to have been a lifelong Liberal.

Found the info from this web site: http://www.winstonchurchill.org/index.html so I think it's pretty reliable.

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The arachniphobic Chiajedi
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Was it

"Anyone who isn't a socialist at 16 has no heart, but anyone who is still one at 40 has no mind."

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Publius
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I can't find a reputable cite for this online, but my book of quotes attributes this to Benjamin Disraeli: "A man who is not a Liberal at sixteen has no heart; a man who is not a Conservative at sixty has no head."

Publius "'No.' - Tony Blair"

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BeachLife
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The quote shows up in so many different versions, with different ages, and different wordings that it is doubtlessly not a real quote.

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Gerard
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Very similar to the french quote: "Political opinions are like crossing a street: first, you look to the left, and then you look to the right". Of course, Churchill couldn't have said that [Wink]
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quote:
Originally posted by Zzz:
"If you're 20 and not a liberal, you dont have a heart. If you're 40 and not a conservative, you dont have a brain"

Well firstly it should be pointed out that "Liberal" and "Conservative" are the names of English political parties.

Secondly, their meanings in England are quite different to America. For example, in America the "conservatives" reject monarchy, which would be heresy in the English Conservatives.

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