Yet, the context indicated that Edmund Burke provided the inspiration for Batbie’s words.QI has not yet located this expression in the writings of Burke, and it is possible that Burke’s changing political behavior inspired the saying and not his words.In 2013 the political scientist Corey Robin wrote an engaging article in “The Chronicle Review” that discussed the perplexity of wrongly attributed statements and used the quotation being examined here as an example of the problem.In conclusion, the earliest citation located by QI points to Anselme Batbie as the creator of this saying.Another new play of the week is called “Before You’re 25,” based on some observing cynic’s remark that before you are 25 if you are not a Socialist you have no heart and after you’re 25 if you are a Socialist you have no head.Which is one of those yes and no conclusions dependent largely upon the sort of Socialist you happen to be.He wants to develop New Zealand's attacking game, talking in some detail this week about how complex international defences have become to break down - with the Lions and France among the standard-bearers. The title in English of this 31 volume work was “The Great Encyclopedia”, and the statement was printed within the entry for Batbie.
This saying is often attributed to the French statesman and historian François Guizot who died in 1874.
If you aren’t a liberal when you’re young, you have no heart, but if you aren’t a middle-aged conservative, you have no head.
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.
The compiler of the book was Sir Gurney Benham, and he also stated that there was a variant expression ascribed to Georges Clemenceau: N’être pas republicain à vingt ans est preuve d’un manque de coeur; l’être après trente ans est preuve d’un manque de tête.—Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head. An excited supporter burst into the private chambers of the old tiger Clemenceau one day and cried, “Your son has just joined the Communist Party.” Clemenceau regarded his visitor calmly and remarked, “Monsieur, my son is 22 years old.
If he had not become a Communist at 22, I would have disowned him.