Re: Churchill quotation?

From: Ray Recchia (
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 18:02:25 GMT

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    -----Original Message----- From: Bill Spight <>
    > All:
    > A search of
    > for "build" got 75 hits, not one of which even resembled the quotation.
    > They have a page of quotations, and a page of "complete speeches", by
    > which I guess they mean the complete texts of some of his speeches.
    > There was no speech antedating 1940.
    > The quotation sounds like a variant of McLuhan's. I wonder where it
    > came
    > from. :-)
    > Memetics research!
    > Bill
    It's there. It appears that the original quote was "We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us." on October 28, 1943 at a meeting in the House of Lords. I wonder if he restated it at some point or whether it has just become distorted over time.

    Ray Recchia

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