#TBT: Let’s Clarify This “Never Give Up” Thing

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Let’s Clarify This “Never Give Up” Thing.

“Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” –Winston Churchill


Winston Churchill

Churchill said this, and it’s a great thought. But when you tell people they should “never give up,” it’s a partially incomplete thought. Churchill’s point was that you should never give up because you don’t feel like fighting or because the other guy is powerful. You should only give up if fighting on means you’re doing something you don’t believe is right, or if the fight no longer makes sense.

I only mention it because people use that Churchill quote about never giving up without including the part about “except to convictions of honor and good sense.” Without those, it’s easier for people to discredit the whole philosophy because, as Churchill suggests, sometimes giving in makes sense. Just not for the reasons that most people use for giving up.

Funnily enough, I was reminded of this quote by reading one of the 1001 Zombie Rules. Don’t ask.

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