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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1554
AUTHOR:Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)
QUOTATION:Nothing is more dangerous in wartime than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll, always feeling one’s pulse and taking one’s temperature. I see that a speaker at the week-end said that this was a time when leaders should keep their ears to the ground. All I can say is that the British nation will find it very hard to look up to leaders who are detected in that somewhat ungainly posture.
ATTRIBUTION:Prime Minister WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, House of Commons, September 30, 1941.—Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897–1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James, vol. 6, p. 6495 (1974).
SUBJECTS:Public opinion
 
 
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