Wednesday, January 18, 2006

We shall never surrender!

(Sir) Winston Churchill played a major role during World War II and the French are pretty grateful to him (they also love his lifestyle - cigars, alcohol and no sport!). That is the reason why he has an avenue (in the 8th arrondissement) and, since 1998 a magnificent statue by Sculptor Jean Cardot that can be seen at the corner of Le Petit Palais (in the background). Beautiful, especially at night.


  1. "cigars, alcohol and no sports"… I wonder (not really) which one makes you so french, dear Eric…

  2. If I had walked around a street corner and seen that I would have thought I was in the wrong Country..


  3. Churchill statue in Paris. Wow that's cool!!

  4. Churchill quotes.....

    I got more out of alcohol than alcohol ever got out of me....

    And, to a lady who accused him of being drunk... "Yes, I am drunk. And you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober."

  5. He was a rather interesting, colorful, and also controversial figure, as newly released records of World War II Cabinet meetings reveal. For more on this, click here.

  6. Hey Eric!
    I'm french and I live in London since a year and a half and just to say it's nice to see the good side of Paris at last.
    Almost making me feel homesick! ;-) (almost)

    beau travail!


  7. Merci Winston! De cette délivrance...

    J'en connais qui aurrait besoin de tes conseils. Tu ne pourrais pas envoyer ton cv à Dieu? Je suis sûre qu'il aurait besoin d'un conseiller stratégique de ton expérience pour délivrer le monde des tyrans. Y'en a un qui dit être connecté avec lui, mais je crois qu'il aurait plutôt besoin d'un tranquilisant. Si tu devenais son conseiller, au moins le roi Georges en Amérique prendrais de meilleures décisions...

  8. Another great Churchill quote: "Democracy is the worst form of government except for everything else that's been tried." I fully understand Winston's love of a drop or two: I work for a city government (in U.S.)and it is a pain. But, consider the alternatives to democracy, even when democracy screws up (yes, that's exactly what I mean).

  9. Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
    Winston Churchill

  10. Eric, No Churchill statues here in Melbourne I think - but there is a National Park and a fellowship/scholarship trust named after him.

  11. My favourite quote:

    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

    -Winston Churchill

  12. Wow, I haven't been in Paris since 1996 and this certainly was not there then. I guess I will just have to come back so that I can see it.

  13. That's a wonderful statue and a wonderful photo.

    He certainly did make some great quotes.

  14. Hi, Eric -- haven't commented in a while, but the opportunity for favorite Churchill quotes cannot be ignored. ;O)

    "Success requires moving from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."

    When told at a party by a lady (whose name escapes me): "Mr. Curchill, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee", replied, "Madame, if you were my wife, I would drink it!"

    -- phil

  15. He did nice quotes, but he killed 35.000 people in Dresden