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If you are a red revolutionary at the age of twenty you have some chance of being up to date when you are forty In 1936 a revised edition of “Benham’s Book of Quotations Proverbs and Household Words” was published, and it included an instance of the statement which was attributed to François Guizot.This is the earliest linkage to Guizot known to QI. Clemenceau adapted this saying, substituting “socialiste” for “republicain.”A bright little comedy of errors is Kenyon Nicholson’s “Before You’re Twenty-five,” now being presented at the Bliss-Hayden Theater by a zestful young cast…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.

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. 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.In conclusion, the earliest citation located by QI points to Anselme Batbie as the creator of this saying.Yet, the context indicated that Edmund Burke provided the inspiration for Batbie’s words.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!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.The versions of the expression using the words “socialist” and “liberal” were almost certainly derived directly or indirectly from the statement that was in circulation by 1875.The support for ascriptions other than Anselme Batbie is weaker because it is typically later and/or indirect.In 1905 a French history journal called “Revue d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine” published a review that included a version of the saying using a different phrasing.The words were attributed to an unnamed man: « Nous entendions dire dans notre enfance par un homme qui avait connu l’existence et qui n’etait pas sans esprit: « Celui qui n’est pas républicain à vingt ans révèle une bien vilaine âme; mais celui qui l’est encore à trente est un imbécile ».