Never Give Up

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 10, 2012

Sir Winston Churchill took three years getting through eighth grade because he had trouble learning English. It seems ironic that years later Oxford University asked him to address its commencement exercises.

He arrived with his usual props. A cigar, a cane and a top hat accompanied Churchill wherever he went. As Churchill approached the podium, the crowd rose in appreciative applause. With unmatched dignity, he settled the crowd and stood confident before his admirers. Removing the cigar and carefully placing the top hat on the podium, Churchill gazed at his waiting audience. Authority rang in Churchill’s voice as he shouted, “Never give up!”

Several seconds passed before he rose to his toes and repeated: “Never give up!” His words thundered in their ears. There was a deafening silence as Churchill reached for his hat and cigar, steadied himself with his cane and left the platform. His commencement address was finished.

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11 comments
  1. Norma Mercurio said:

    Sometimes all that’s needed are “three words”. You can bet the graduates that day never forgot that commencement address! …and neither will I…

  2. Great little piece! However it is of no surprise that Winston Churchill was allowed to speak at Oxford University as they now let almost anyone speak- Katie Price, Kerry Katona. It’s pretty amazing that Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature seeing as he struggled with English when he was younger. Thank you for liking my blog posts and following my blog 🙂

  3. I’ve never heard that before. Thanks for sharing, Kenny T! God bless you. 🙂 Dave

  4. Churchill gave us a good example to follow. Brevity can speak volumes!

  5. LOVE this! It had more impact than dozens of lengthy, empty addresses that I have endured in my 66 years. At my own master’s degree graduation, a well-known political figure used the opportunity to bloviate endlessly about the importance of saving the fish in the Hudson River. Really. He did.

    • …I like that word “Blow-viate”….. LOL

      Take Care, God Bless and have a great weekend 🙂 Kenny T

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