Quote of the day

A young man who isn’t a socialist hasn’t got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn’t got a head. – David Lloyd George who was born on this day in 1863.

He also said:

The finest eloquence is that which gets things done.


What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics.


Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

3 Responses to Quote of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    I’m suspicious of that first quote – variations of it are attributed to many (Winston Churchill and Georges Clemenceau among others) and it is a variation of an ancient rhetorical device found in many European languages I suspect

    A Churchillian variant is “A man who isn’t an idealist at twenty hasn’t got a heart; a man who is an idealist at thirty hasn’t got a head.”

    With suspect quotes or any quotes for that matter finding the source, speech, essay etc is the key to verifying their veracity

    Vladimir Putin’s usage of this device comes from a 2008 speech

    “Anyone who doesn’t miss the Soviet Union hasn’t got a heart, anyone who wants it back hasn’t got a head”

    You will sometimes see the first part of VVP’s version quoted with the later part omitted to make the claim VVP wants to restore the USSR

  2. homepaddock says:

    You could well be right and whether or not you are I don’t agree with the inference that compassion is the preserve of socialists and the young and that compassion and reason are mutually exclusive.

  3. Andrei says:

    We live in an imperfect world Ele and the solutions to the problems we face cannot be encapsulated in pithy soundbites

    And we will never return to the Garden of Eden where we live in a perfect world that suits everybody – neither communism nor capitalism can provide that

    I was more interested in the linguistics of the quote rather than the view of “socialism” it expresses

    I would love to find a Koine Greek variant – or even more exciting a variant that replaces “heart” with “liver” implying a far Eastern expression

    If I have time today I’ll do some digging or perhaps on some future Saturday Soapbox I will be able to refer back to this post 🙂

    Language is far more interesting than politics

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