All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. What is the worth of all this The only guide to a man is his conscience the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations but with this shield, however the fate may play, we march always in the ranks of honor.
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.
Our inheritance of well-founded, slowly conceived codes of honor, morals and manners, the passionate convictions which so many hundreds of millions share together of the principles of freedom and justice, are far more precious to us than anything which scientific discoveries could bestow.
By being so long in the lowest form at Harrow I gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys.... I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence which is a noble thing. Naturally I am biased in favor of boys learning English I would make them all learn English and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honor, and Greek as a treat.
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