Winston Churchill, speech at the Philomathic Society Dinner, Liverpool (November 21, 1901):
One aspect of modern life which strikes me very much is the elimination of the
individual. In trade, vast and formidable combinations of labour stand arrayed
against even vaster and more formidable combinations of capital, and, whether
they war with each other or cooperate, the individual in the end is always
Nothing would be
worse than that independent men should be snuffed out and that there should be
only two opinions in England — the Government opinion and the Opposition
opinion. The perpetually unanimous Cabinet disquiets me. I believe in
personality. The House of Commons depends for its popularity, and
consequently for its power, on the personality of its members.
We live in an age of great events and little men, and if we are not to become
the slaves of our own systems or sink oppressed among the mechanism we
ourselves created, it will only be by the bold efforts of originality, by repeated
experiment, and by the dispassionate consideration of the results of sustained
and unflinching thought.