“Show me a young conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”
The quote above is often attributed to Winston Churchill. Turns out he probably didn’t ever say that. A similar phrase was first uttered by 19th-century statesman François Guizot.
Whatever the origin, it’s a quote I’ve often heard and pondered. As a conservative young adult, I took this phrase to believe (quite pridefully) that I had been brilliant enough to “get smart” at an early age.
But then a funny thing happened: As I’ve grown older (I’m now middle-aged), I’ve become much more liberal.