Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head.
-- François Guizot (1787-1874)
François Pierre Guillaume Guizot was a French historian, orator, and statesman; a dominant figure in French politics prior to the Revolution of 1848, a conservative liberal [look that up in your Funk and Wagnall!] who opposed the attempt by King Charles X to usurp legislative power, and worked to sustain a constitutional monarchy following the July Revolution of 1830. He then served the "citizen king" Louis Philippe, as Minister of Education, 1832–37, ambassador to London, Foreign Minister 1840–1847, and finally Prime Minister of France from 19 September 1847 to 23 February 1848.
This quotation is frequently but mistakenly attributed to Churchill. It is anyway unlikely that Churchill would subscribe to this philosophy: He was a swashbuckling soldier at 20, and a Conservative member of Parliament at 25. A couple of years later he switched to the Liberal Party (which was not liberal in the modern sense), and later went back to the Conservatives.
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