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"An MP on the opposite side of the House lurched into it, 'Must you fall asleep when I am speaking?'
Winston answered, 'No, it is purely voluntary.' "
The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"An MP on the opposite side of the House inquired whether he was asleep. Winston immediately answered, 'I wish to God I were.' " The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester"

"Talking about the prime minister at the time, Ramsay MacDonald, Winston called him the 'boneless wonder,' and 'the man who possessed the gift of compressing the largest number of words into the smaller amount of thought.' " The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"When asked by a young MP who spoke on unilateral disarmament which Winston did NOT agree with what Winston thought of his speech Winston answered, 'Why, I thought it was very good. It must have been good, for it contained, so far as I know, all the platitudes known to the human race, with the possible exceptions of "Prepare to meet thy God" and "Please adjust your dress before leaving." The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"When Winston was asked what should be done if Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin died in office, he replied, 'Embalm, bury, and cremate. Take no chances!' " The Last Lion - Alone 1932 - 1940 by William Manchester

"Winston had been trying, without much success, to grow a guardsman's mustache, and his touchiness about it inspired what may have been the first faint flash of Churchillian wit in London society. A friend of his mother's seated next to him at one of the dinners, told him she liked neither his politics nor his mustache. He replied, 'Madame, I see no earthly reason why you should come in contact with either.' " Winston Churchill, The Last Lion - Visions of Glory 1874 - 1932 by William Manchester

"You never know whether one of the party bigwigs might be in the crowd." Admiral Canaris on a trip to Spain while riding through the countryside in his open car stood and gave the Hitler salute to every herd of sheep he passed. Wilhelm Franz Canaris (1 January 1887 – 9 April 1945) was a German admiral and chief of the Abwehr, the German military intelligence service, from 1935 to 1944. During the Second World War, he was among the military officers involved in the clandestine opposition to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. He was executed in Flossenbürg concentration camp for the act of high treason.

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