The phrase “blood, toil, tears and sweat” became famous in a speech given by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 13 May 1940. This was Churchill’s first speech on 13 French without toil pdf 1940 to the House of Commons after having been offered the King’s commission the previous Friday, to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the first year of World War II. Churchill had replaced Neville Chamberlain on 10 May, and in this speech he asked the House to declare its confidence in his Government.
This was the first of three speeches which he gave during the period of the Battle of France, which commenced on 10 May. Churchill had used similar phrases earlier, as “Their sweat, their tears, their blood” in 1931 and “new structures of national life erected upon blood, sweat, and tears”. Churchill’s sentence, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat,” has been called a paraphrase of one uttered on 2 July 1849 by Giuseppe Garibaldi when rallying his revolutionary forces in Rome: “I offer hunger, thirst, forced marches, battle, and death. As a young man, Churchill had considered writing a biography of Garibaldi.
Churchill’s line has been called a “direct quotation” from Roosevelt’s speech. First Lord of the Admiralty, a position similar to Roosevelt’s. In Latin, Cicero and Livy had used the phrase “sweat and blood”. We are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history.
That we are in action at many points—in Norway and in Holland—, that we have to be prepared in the Mediterranean. That the air battle is continuous, and that many preparations have to be made here at home. I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.