Winston Churchill (1874-1965) supposedly said of a political rival:
“He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
The remark was supposedly made about either Stafford Cripps (1889-1952) or Edwin Scrymgeour (1866-1947). However, the quotation was first cited in a 1964 book—well after both Cripps (1952) and Scrymgeour (1947) had died. Richard Langworth, author of Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations (2008), called it an “unsubstantiated quotation.”
Wikipedia: Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a non-academic historian, a writer (as Winston S. Churchill), and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.
Wikiquote: Stafford Cripps
Sir Richard Stafford Cripps (24 April 1889 – 21 April 1952) was a British Labour politician.
Quotes about Cripps
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
. Winston Churchill.
The Fine Art of Political Wit
By Leon A Harris
New York, NY: Dutton
... “He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
7 February 1965, Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette, “Dissection of the politician’s humor,” Sunday Magazine, pg. 22, col. 4:
THE FINE ART OF POLITICAL WIT by Leon A. Harris (E. P. Dutton Co., $4.95).
Sir Winston once blasted a political enemy with “He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
14 February 1965, Boston (MA) Sunday Herald, “Marjorie Mills Says,” sec. 5, pg. 2, col. 1:
ON CANDOR, no one in all the roundup of Churchill quotes spoke of his thrust at a fellow statesman. “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” (Apply to anyone you know?)
Encyclopedia of Humor.
By Joey Adams
New York, NY: Bonanza Books
Referring to Sir Stafford Cripps: “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
Man of the Century:
Winston Churchill and His Legend Since 1945
By John Ramsden
New York, NY: Columbia University Press
Sir Stafford Cripps, declared Churchill ( when not descending to the irresistible spoonerism of that name), ‘has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire’.
Churchill by Himself:
The Definitive Collection of Quotations
By Richard Langworth
New York, NY: Public Affairs
Edwin Scrymgeour (1866-1947), known as “Neddy”, the only Prohibitionist MP, 1922-31. He fought six elections against Churchill and finally defeated him in 1922. The unsubstantiated quotation, “he has none of the vices I admire” was allegedly said of Scrymgeour or Cripps.
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