One kind Christmas gift was Churchill’s Wit: The Definitive Collection. I am particularly savouring this gem (1906):

For my own part I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents. I have always set myself not merely to relish but to deserve thoroughly their censure.

I expect that will keep me going through the heat of the fires of unreason of the statist left.

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