On August 22, 2011, I posted “Calvin Coolidge.” The post repeated Coolidge’s oft-quoted words which ended “. . . .Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.“
Winston Churchill brought these inspirational words to a new semantic level in 1941. During the dark days of World War II, Churchill was invited to give the commencement address at the Harrow School. Known for wit, wisdom and tenacity – he addressed the young graduates. But he spoke to the nation. Churchill’s brief comments concluded with an admonition to all – “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
It’s easy to give up. Back down. Throw in the towel. But with the words of Churchill and Coolidge, how can we look in the mirror and say “I can’t“? William Manchester’s trilogy The Last Lion chronicles the life of Churchill. It is my favorite biography. I would recommend it to you. It might take a while to read (it’s over 3,000 pages) but don’t give up. Press on. Keep reading. Never never give in . . . . .