Churchill on the passive

I just read a book of quotes by Winston Churchill and came across this great quote on the passive. It is rather famous and well-known, I gather, but because of my periodic preoccupation with all things writing, and because this blog partly substitutes for my thought archive, (and because it is fun) I post it here:

What if I had said, instead of “We shall fight on the beaches”, “Hostilities will be engaged with our adversary on the coastal perimeter”?

– Winston S. Churchill

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