A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 13, 2011
“In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times”

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) said in 1903: “"Politics are almost as exciting as war, and—quite as dangerous. (...) Well, in war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times.”

Churchill’s statement has been repeated frequently in politics, although political resurrections (especially if the politician has gone to jail for misdeeds in office) are relatively rare.


Wikiquote: Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) (1874-11-30 – 1965-01-24) was a British politician & statesman, best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He was Prime Minister of the UK from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

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Politics are almost as exciting as war, and – quite as dangerous ... [I]n war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times.
, From a conversational exchange with Harold Begbie, as cited in Master Workers, Begbie, Methuen & Co. (1906), p. 177

Google Books
September 1903, The Pall Mall Magazine, pg. 89:
MASTER WORKERS.
VI.—MR. WINSTON CHURCHILL, M.P.
BY HAROLD BEGBIE.
Pg. 96:
“Politics are everything to you?”
“Politics,” he answered, “are almost as exciting as war, and—quite as dangerous.”
“Even with the new rifle?”
“Well, in war,” he replied, “you can only be killed once. But in politics many times.”

Google Books
And I Quote:
The definitive collection of quotes, sayings, and jokes for the contemporary speechmaker

By Ashton Applewhite, Tripp Evans and Andrew Frothingham
New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
2003
Pg. 266:
Politics are almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
-- Winston Churchill

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Thursday, January 13, 2011 • Permalink