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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2088
AUTHOR: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)
QUOTATION: Twenty to twenty-five! These are the years! Don’t be content with things as they are…. Don’t take No for an answer. Never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off with mere personal success or acceptance. You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. She was made to be wooed and won by youth. She has lived and thrived only by repeated subjugations.
ATTRIBUTION: WINSTON CHURCHILL, A Roving Commission, chapter 4, p. 60 (1930).