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Churchill Blitz Quotation
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0160  Tuesday, 11 March 2008

From:		Fred Shapiro <
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Date:		Friday, 7 Mar 2008 14:29:06 -0500
Subject: 19.0146 Churchill Blitz Quotation
Comment:	RE: SHK 19.0146 Churchill Blitz Quotation

I looked in my trusty Yale Book of Quotations.  No Churchill quote along 
these lines appears, but there is the following similar thought:

[In response to the question why he was not fighting to defend 
civilization in World War I:]  Madam, *I* am the civilization that they 
are fighting to defend.

Heathcote William Garrod [English academic, 1878-1960], Quoted in Dacre 
Balsdon, Oxford Now and Then (1970). Hugh MacDiarmid wrote in "At the 
Cenotaph" (1935): "Keep going to your wars, you fools, as of yore; / I'm 
the civilization you're fighting for."

Fred Shapiro

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