Sunday, May 27, 2018


A Little Mouse of Thought

Winston Churchill (1874-1965), "The Lights Are Going Out" (October 16, 1938), Never Give In! Winston Churchill's Speeches (2004; rpt. London: Bloomsbury, 2006), pp. 150-153 (at 152):
They are afraid of words and thoughts; words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them. A mouse, a little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind.

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