Aujourd’hui nous pourrions ajouter: ou un coquin ».
The title in English of this 31 volume work was “The Great Encyclopedia”, and the statement was printed within the entry for Batbie. However, QI has not located the quotation under investigation in the writings of Burke. The same quotation with an ascription to Batbie appeared in volume five of the “La Grande Encyclopédie” which was published circa 1888.This saying is often attributed to the French statesman and historian François Guizot who died in 1874.However, this ascription was based in an entry in “Benham’s Book of Quotations Proverbs and Household Words” which was published many years after the death of Guizot; hence the supporting data is not very strong.Which is one of those yes and no conclusions dependent largely upon the sort of Socialist you happen to be.
If you don’t begin to be a revolutionist at the age of twenty then at fifty you will be an impossible old fossil.
If he had not become a Communist at 22, I would have disowned him.
If he is still a Communist at 30, I will do it then.”There is a foolish aphorism to the effect that “If you aren’t a socialist at twenty, you have no heart, and if you are a socialist at forty, you have no head.” Something like that.
If you’re not a socialist before you’re twenty-five, you have no heart; if you are a socialist after twenty-five, you have no head.
Here are three examples: Not to be a républicain at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head.
This saying did not appear in the previous edition in 1924. Kenyon Nicholson rather predicates his play upon the theory that if you’re not a leftist or socialist before you’re 25, you have no heart; if you are one after 25 you have no head!