AMBITION, CANDOR AND HUMILITY
One last Churchill story before parting. Winston Churchill was a man who did things whole hog or not at all. As Taylor points out in his biography: At the age of twenty-three he produced an ornate novel called Savrola, a Tale of the Revolution in Laurania. Of the central character, he wrote, with a disarming lack of self-consciousness, “Ambition was the motive force and Savrola was powerless to resist it.” After fifty years, the thought can be taken as a true and valid motto of Churchill’s own career. He has always known where he was going, and he has forged on without that false modesty which acts to the determent of so many lesser men. On the occasion of his first public address, at a Conservative rally at Bath, shortly after the novel, the London Morning Post permitted him to correct the story of the speech as reported by one of its veteran correspondents. The editor thought it argued well…
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