Sir Winston Churchill is moved at America’s sublime disinterestedness

June 13, 2013

Sir Winston Churchill with US President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the USS Augusta (CA-31) for the Atlantic Charter.

We had hardly taken our seats when [Sir Winston Churchill] said without warning:

“What other nation in history, when it became supremely powerful, has had no thought of territorial aggrandizement, no ambition but to use its resources for the good of the world? I marvel at America’s altruism, her sublime disinterestedness.”

All at once I realized Winston was in tears, his eyes were red, his voice faltered. He was deeply moved.


Lord Moran, Churchill: the Struggle for Survival 1945-60 (New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2006), 70.


Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 290


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