Quote: Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart (Evidence in 1875)

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 18 19:33:27 UTC 2013

I should also add that neither attribution (nor one to Disraeli) makes
sense, as Churchill was quite conservative from his youth and Shaw...
well, he was just Shaw. But a quick search reveals lots of
attributions to Churchill, a small handful to Disraeli (with
demarcation lines being 16 and 60, which is odd for the period), and
none for Shaw.

On 7/18/13, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've heard slightly different versions attributed to Churchill and
> Bernard Shaw, among others. Something like, "A man who is not liberal
> in his youth has no heart. One who is not conservative in his old age
> has no brain."
> This is an approximate recollection, but I can vouch for one of the
> attributions (I never thought either of them to be accurate, but could
> not find much solid evidence with that wording). I picked up the quote
> from some volume with attribution to Churchill. When I posed the
> question, someone suggested it was Shaw. Don't recall where or when
> this happened, but it was within the last decade.
> VS-)

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