Churchill and Hitler on Smoking, Eating and Drinking

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by: James Dunworth

At ECigaretteDirect we‘re fond of eating, drinking and vaping, which we regard as an evolution of smoking. In fact on Fridays, we usually take an hour at lunchtime to enjoy some good food, a bottle of beer and a pleasant vape.

Before we get lectured on our the errors of our ways, we thought we’d share the thoughts of a great man who shared some of the same pleasures.

Churchill puffing on a cigar.

Winston Churchill blows out a cloud of cigar smoke.

“I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar. That is why I am in two-hundred-percent form.” 

“I drink and I smoke and I am only 200% fit.” (In reply to Field Marshall Montgomery, who said; “I drink and I smoke and I am a 100% fit.)

Upon being called ‘disgustingly drunk’ by Bettie Chaddock: “Bettie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”

“I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”

Churchill with the Wahabbis.

To the Wahabbi king of Saudi Arabia: “My rule of life prescribed as absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.”

To the King of England when offered an early morning tipple: “When I was younger, I made it a rule never to take a strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.”

“My idea of a good dinner is, first to have a good dinner, then discuss good food, and after this good food has been elaborately discussed, to discuss a good topic – with me as chief conversationalist.”

In a church hall, in reply to a women who claimed that during his lifetime he had consumed enough alcohol to fill the hall to a point halfway up the walls, Churchill let his eyes travel to the ceiling before saying; “So little time, so much to do.”

What about his arch enemy, Hitler?

Hitler in the middle of a rant.

In contrast to Churchill, Hitler hated smoking, and went to great efforts to stamp the habit out, including:

  • raising taxes
  •  banning smoking in some public places
  •  calling for a ban on smoking in vehicles
  •  inventing the term passive smoking
  •  financing an expensive anti-smoking campaign.

A Nazi foot booting out cigarettes, pipes and cigars. (Image above from 1000 Paper Cuts.)

Hitler also rarely drank, and never ate meat, instead lecturing his country on the benefits of gnawing raw vegetables.

Churchill died at the age of 90, surrounded by his family and revered by a nation. Hitler, on the other hand, committed suicide at the age of 56, a broken man. Perhaps he should have spent more time eating, drinking, smoking and generally enjoying life and less time on world conquest?

 

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3 Responses to “Churchill and Hitler on Smoking, Eating and Drinking”

  1. Elizabeth Wall March 13, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Thought you might like to hear another Winston’ism. To Nancy Astor in the House of Commons who had said that if he were her husband she would give him poison. He replied@
    “Nancy my dear, if I were your husband – I would drink it.

  2. James March 13, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    I love that one too, Elizabeth, and many other of his quotes! Can’t really include it, though, as it’s not about smoking eating or drinking :(

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