The Occasion. "I feel gratefully honored that you should have thus invited me to enter the United States Senate chamber. ... I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way around, I might have got here on my own. In that case, this would not have been the first time you would have heard my voice. ... I would not have needed any invitation, but if I had it is hardly likely that it would have been unanimous."
The U.S. "I have been impressed and encouraged by ... [finding] an Olympian fortitude which, far from being based upon complacency, is only the mask of an inflexible purpose and the proof of a sure, well-grounded confidence in the final outcome."
Democracy v. Axis. "For the best part of 20 years the youth of Britain and America have been taught that war was evil, which is true, and that it would never come again, which has been proved false. . . . The youth of Germany, of Japan and Italy have been taught that aggressive war is the noblest duty of the citizen. . . . This naturally has placed us . . . at a disadvantage which only time, courage and untiring exertion can correct."
Future of the War. "Many disappointments and unpleasant surprises await us. ... [But] I think it would be reasonable to hope that the end of 1942 will see us quite definitely in a better position than we are now. And that the year 1943 will enable us to assume the initiative upon an ample scale."
Germany. "Mighty strokes of war have already been dealt against the enemy the glorious defense of their native soil by the Russian armies and people. Wounds have been inflicted upon the Nazi tyranny . . . which have bitten deep and will fester and inflame."
Italy. "The boastful Mussolini has crumpled already. He is now but a lackey and a serf, the merest utensil of his master's will."
Japan. "When we look at the resources of the United States and the British Empire . . . when we remember those of China . . . and when also we observe the Russian menace which hangs over Japan, it becomes . . . difficult to reconcile Japanese action with prudence or even with sanity."
U.S. & Britain. "If we had kept together after the last war, if we had taken common measures for our safety, this renewal of the curse need never have fallen upon us."
The Future. "Duty and prudence alike command . . . that the germ centers of hatred and revenge should be constantly and vigilantly curbed and treated in good time and that an adequate organization should be set up to make sure that the pestilence can be controlled at its earliest beginning. ... I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American people will for their own safety and for the good of all walk together in majesty, in justice and in peace."