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AUTHOR: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)
QUOTATION: The Chinese said of themselves several thousand years ago: “China is a sea that salts all the waters that flow into it.” There’s another Chinese saying about their country which is much more modern—it dates only from the fourth century. This is the saying: “The tail of China is large and will not be wagged.” I like that one. The British democracy approves the principles of movable party heads and unwaggable national tails. It is due to the working of these important forces that I have the honour to be addressing you at this moment.
ATTRIBUTION: WINSTON CHURCHILL, address to a joint session of Congress, Washington, D.C., January 17, 1952.—Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897–1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James, vol. 8, p. 8326 (1974).