“You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are; yet without imagination not much can be done. Those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist; certainly many more than will happen; but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination.
But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period – I am addressing myself to the School – surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Do not let us speak of darker days: let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”
– Sir Winston Churchill, addressing Harrow School, October 29 1941
There is an apocryphal version, propagated by countless motivation speakers and writers, where Churchill was supposed to have just said “never, never, never, give up” (many of them couldn’t even agree on the number of “never”) and went back to his seat.
Personally, I prefer the original speech. After all, it was his exact words.
Never give in… even if it takes 2 movies to deliver the knock-out punch.