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Preacher Dude
02-04-2006, 14:28
In the mid-1950's, when in his eighties, Sir Winston Churchill was invited to address the graduating class of Cambridge University. When it was time for him to speak, the former Prime Minister, using a cane, slowly walked to the platform. Hooking his cane on the podium, and gripping the sides of the podium with each hand, he then leaned forward and began making eye contact with each member of the graduating class. After a full minute of silence he emphatically said, "Never, never give up!" He then began to once again peer deeply into the eyes of each graduate as he allowed the significance of those words to sink into their conscieousness. After at least another full minute, he spoke again with a heightened forcefulness in the tone of his voice, "NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!!!" With that said, he slowly and deliberately picked up his cane, then slowly walked from the platform. It was without a doubt his shortest speech, but perhaps one of his most powerful.

The next day The Times of London reported on his address by stating, "Whereas some may have been offended by the brevity of Sir Winston's remarks, to those of us who survived the darkest days of the Second World War, the Battle of Britain and the bombing of London, those remarks represent a summation of what characterized his leadership and gave hope and courage to an entire nation in the midst of terrible suffering and loss of life and utter despair. In the face of what the rest of the world believed to be insurmountable odds, Sir Winston's tenacious resolve not to give in to Nazi tyranny, inspired us to believe that we indeed could overcome this mighty military force that opposed us, regardless of how devasting the circumstances appeared. His brief address at Cambridge may well have been his most profound statement of truth of all the speeches he has ever given."

So as you prepare to embark on your Great Adventure to "Thru hike the Appalachian Trail" you would do well to remember theses words from one of the greatest leaders in all of history. "NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!!!" "Never, never give up" when faced with endless climbs that cause your muscles to ache and the pain in your shoulders and lower back become almost unbearable. "Never, never give up" when those climbs are followed by steep downhills that put indescribale pressure on your joints. "Never, never give up" when you have blisters on your feet, and scrapes and scratches on other parts of your body. "Never, never give up" when you are cold and wet and hungry and begin to question whether or not you can make it and why you ever decided to do this in the first place. Just remember that the lessons you will learn on the trail will serve you well for the rest of your life. Just remember that the experiences you will have and the wonders and the beauty of nature that you will see will only be known to the few brave-hearted souls from all over the world who have decided to follow a dream and to make this trek with you. Just remember that this adventure is one that most other people will never have, but one that you will share with the few that had the courage, committment and perserverance to see it through until the end.....but only if you decide right now that you will
"NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP !!!!!!!"

TrippinBTM
02-02-2009, 19:11
I bet he still got paid to do the speech, too, haha. Tricky tricky.

Dogwood
02-02-2009, 19:32
So, how did U get the name Preacher Dude? Well said!

Crazy Larry #1
02-02-2009, 20:35
I have known Preacher Dude since '05 and his way with words have been most inspirational many times. One time he drove all the way here from his home way down south to simply lay his hands on me to pray for me.

scottabraham
04-11-2012, 06:13
His has powerful wording, I too heard him many a times. His is very passionate and a good speaker. "NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!!!!

kasaaz
09-19-2012, 11:48
The information is very interesting. It made me understand something, and it is that I never knew before.

HikerMom58
09-19-2012, 19:12
That's really powerful!! :)

rickb
09-19-2012, 19:23
That's really powerful!! :)

Perhaps, but not a true accounting of the historical record.

Son Driven
11-09-2013, 17:06
Preacher Dude, the signifigance of the number seven associated with my flip flopped 2013 through hike eludes me.


As I recapped the bench marks of my journey I recognized a pattern. My flip flopped through hike, of the Appalachian Trail started on the SEVENTH day of the third month (my mothers birthday}. My summit of Katahdin happened on the SEVENTH day of the SEVENTH month. I finished the trail on the SEVENTH day of the tenth month, exactly SEVEN months from the day I started. Many biblical scholars believe the number seven represents completion, and perfection.

"It is well with my soul"

Son Driven

tsgosnell
03-27-2014, 15:39
Preach on Preacher Dude! Good words

HikerMom58
03-27-2014, 15:44
I wonder where he is now? Preacher dude.. come back! :)

CarlZ993
03-27-2014, 22:06
Great words by Mr. Churchill.

I told myself at the start of the hike that I wouldn't quit unless: 1) there was a catastrophic family emergency back home; or, 2) I had a lower extremity in a cast.

rock steady
11-06-2014, 15:28
CarlZ993: Thank you for that! It helps to hear somebody else's clear idea on the subject.

Feral Bill
11-06-2014, 17:11
Um? Never giving up has got a lot of people killed for nothing.

dangerdave
11-06-2014, 18:00
The wisest of men know when to give up.

MuddyWaters
11-12-2014, 23:11
Churchill was pretty much a drunk and an uninspiring leader.

Others would tell new hikers that its OK to stop when you aren't having fun anymore. That is after all, the point.

rickb
11-12-2014, 23:41
Churchill was pretty much a drunk and an uninspiring leader.

Others would tell new hikers that its OK to stop when you aren't having fun anymore. That is after all, the point.

Churchill never made that speech.

The point of thru hiking for a great many goes beyond just having fun. But it's OK to stop if you are having fun, too.

bobfox
07-09-2017, 00:55
He did say "If you're going through hell keep going" which implies don't stop in the middle. Many hikers say don't quit the trail on a rainy day, or on a day when you're down, etc. Ad hominem aside, what Churchill did accomplish is save the English army from slaughter or surrender by calling on the populace to save them by crossing the English Channel and bring them home. Granted the civilians were brave in doing this, but it took guts or mania to even suggest this as an option.

BuckeyeBill
07-09-2017, 01:51
Wise men don't give up, but they know they have to change how they do something in order to succeed.

Heliotrope
07-09-2017, 09:20
Wise men don't give up, but they know they have to change how they do something in order to succeed.

I like this.


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Grampie
07-09-2017, 10:14
The adage, "never give up." May well have served many thru-hikers years ago, but todays adventurers look at a thru-hike quite differently.
Some background. I thru-hiked in 2001 after a 2000 abort because of a injury. For the last 15 years I have been a caretaker at the AMC cabin on Upper Goose Pond.
During this time I have talked to 100s of Hikers staying at the cabin. At one time most of the hikers who had reached this point in their journey had a lot of will power and determination to complete their hike. In recent years I have witnessed a change in hikers willingness to indoor the hardship of a thru-hike and lacking the spirit of the words, "never give up."

Fredt4
07-09-2017, 11:24
It's a great tale, but it probably belongs on what to say when you're not prepared to give a speech. HYOH, or HikeSomeoneelseshikeandpretendit'syours.

jefals
07-09-2017, 11:24
Well, assuming Churchill DID say that - he left out some context. Maybe he assumed his audience - a graduating class, about to leave school and begin their life's work - could provide the context on their own. Maybe he gave them enough credit to be able to figure out that he was talking about never giving up -- ON THINGS THAT MATTER.
The world doesn't care if you complete a thru hike. It's only significant in what it means to you. If you're doing this just for fun, like I would be, you can hike till it's no longer fun. If you're doing it for the challenge, and it's really important to you, then you may want to use those words as your mantra when it starts seeming like an impossible journey....
Impossible journey - that reminds me of a story: It was told to me - not sure it's true.
There was a folk band, 50s and 60s, Kingston Trio. Very successful. Then something happened to one of them - some medical thing with his throat or vocal chords, and he could no longer sing.
Took to drinkin. Time went by, science progressed, and eventually they came up with an operation that could help him. But he was pretty far gone into despair, feeling sorry for himself and into the bottle by now. His friends tried to convince him to go for it, but he wouldn't have it.
Finally one of them set him down and gave him a very powerful, emotional talking-to, how he might as well just go ahead and kill himself since that's what he was doing anyway...
Whatever this friend said, it had an effect, and he stood up, got the courage to have this operation. Which worked. He was able to sing again.
The group reunited. Their first song when they came back - The Impossible Dream

Dogwood
07-09-2017, 14:13
The adage, "never give up." May well have served many thru-hikers years ago, but todays adventurers look at a thru-hike quite differently.
Some background. I thru-hiked in 2001 after a 2000 abort because of a injury. For the last 15 years I have been a caretaker at the AMC cabin on Upper Goose Pond.
During this time I have talked to 100s of Hikers staying at the cabin. At one time most of the hikers who had reached this point in their journey had a lot of will power and determination to complete their hike. In recent years I have witnessed a change in hikers willingness to indoor the hardship of a thru-hike and lacking the spirit of the words, "never give up."

Attention spans are shorter than ever.

Dogwood
07-09-2017, 14:23
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADO36gxVo0E Arnold Shwartzenegger commencement speech

Gain something from it before dismissing or making judgments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucv8O75erpg Will Smiths speeches.

Dogwood
07-09-2017, 14:25
I'll listen to these on trail and at times in town when I need to get back to why I'm LD backpacking or hiking or after a summit.

Which Way
10-29-2017, 01:01
good stuff!