„I believe we shall make them rue the day they try to invade our island. No such discussion can be permitted.“

Minute (1 June 1940) in response to the Foreign Office's suggestion that preparations should be made for the evacuation of the Royal Family and the British Government to "some part of the Overseas Empire", quoted in Martin Gilbert, Finest Hour: Winston S. Churchill, 1939–1941 (London: Heinemann, 1983), p. 449
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—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

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