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.