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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1277
AUTHOR: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)
QUOTATION: One woman who managed to corner him, the story runs, said in a treacly gushing voice:

“Doesn’t it thrill you, Mr. Churchill, to know that every time you make a speech the hall is packed to overflowing?”

“It is quite flattering,” Mr. Churchill replied, “but whenever I feel this way I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big.”
ATTRIBUTION: WINSTON CHURCHILL, remark on a transatlantic tour.—Norman McGowan, My Years with Churchill, p. 138 (1958).