Quotation by Giovanni Costigan

The fact alone that both, like Chatham before them, were great war ministers, links their names inseparably. Beyond that, they shared many qualities in common: unquenchable vitality, restless energy, personal magnetism, and an inspiring power of oratory. They were alike also in their defects: opportunism, total lack of consideration for others, and a degree of egotism that can only be termed infantile. Lloyd George, however, whom Lord Haldane once called "an illiterate with an unbalanced mind," lacked both the versatility and the intellectual power of Churchill. Where Sir Winston found relaxation in Macauley or Gibbon, Lloyd George in his prime amused himself with cheap detective fiction. The latter, cast in an inferior mold, lacked also the personal courage of his younger colleague and successor.
Giovanni Costigan (1905–1990), Anglo-American historian, biographer. "Sir Winston Churchill," Makers of Modern England, Macmillan (1967).
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