yee0890 wrote:I am looking for this quote by Churchill about Latin and Greek.
I read it quite long ago from The Guns of August... and so I only remember certain parts of it: "I will teach (smart ones, clever students, etc) Latin, and Greek to delight them..." or something similar to that.
If you know, please let me know..
And when after years my schoolfellows who had won prizes and distinction for writing such beautiful Latin poetry and pithy Greek epigrams had come down again to common English, to earn their living or make their way, I did not feel myself at any disadvantage. Naturally I am biased in favour of boys learning English. I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honour, and Greek as a treat. But the only thing I would whip them for would be for not knowing English. I would whip them hard for that.
timeodanaos wrote:May I assume that he speaks of English as a mothertongue when demanding that boys should learn it thoroughly, just as I would want to whip the boys not learning proper Danish as Danes?
If the quote was to be interpreted as a demand for English to be widely and generally regarded as a global language of international communication, then I do not agree at all. Latin would do just fine if people were to learn it. Then there would be no cultural or linguistic dominance of any specific people.
As I am quite sure my first thought is what Churchill meant, don't mind my rambling.