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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965); British statesman, orator, and writer. Winston Churchill served twice as UK’s Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. He was born into aristocracy, and although his childhood did nothing to suggest his future greatness, he is considered one of the greatest wartime hero’s who led Britain to victory in the WWII against Hitler and subsequently the most influential Briton of the 20th century. He is the only British Prime Minister to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values,” and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States in 1963.

QUOTES

1. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. (Winston Churchill said)

2. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill said)

3. I may be drunk, miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. (Winston Churchill said)

4. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. (Winston Churchill said)

5. The price of greatness is responsibility. (Winston Churchill said)

6. If you ‘re going through hell, keep going. (Winston Churchill said)

7. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
8. (Winston Churchill said)

9. Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. (Winston Churchill said)

10. You have enemies? Good. That means you ‘ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. (Winston Churchill said)

11. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. (Winston Churchill said)

12. A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. (Winston Churchill said)

13. A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. (Winston Churchill said)

14. A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. (Winston Churchill said)

15. A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him. (Winston Churchill said)

16. A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure. (Winston Churchill said)

17. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. (Winston Churchill said)

18. Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement. (Winston Churchill said)

19. An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. (Winston Churchill said)

20. Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham. (Winston Churchill said)

21. Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter. (Winston Churchill said)

22. Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat. (Winston Churchill said)

23. Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. (Winston Churchill said)

24. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others. (Winston Churchill said)

25. Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. (Winston Churchill said)

26. Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. (Winston Churchill said)

27. Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old. (Winston Churchill said)

28. Eating words has never given me indigestion. (Winston Churchill said)

29. Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. (Winston Churchill said)

30. Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others. (Winston Churchill said)

31. For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank. (Winston Churchill said)

32. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. (Winston Churchill said)

33. Great and good are seldom the same man. (Winston Churchill said)

34. He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. (Winston Churchill said)

35. Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. (Winston Churchill said)

36. History is written by the victors. (Winston Churchill said)

37. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. (Winston Churchill said)

38. I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place. (Winston Churchill said)

39. I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic. (Winston Churchill said)

40. I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. (Winston Churchill said)

41. I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod. (Winston Churchill said)

42. I am easily satisfied with the very best. (Winston Churchill said)

43. I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. (Winston Churchill said)

44. I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. (Winston Churchill said)

45. I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. (Winston Churchill said)

46. I have never developed indigestion from eating my words. (Winston Churchill said)

47. I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. (Winston Churchill said)

48. I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. (Winston Churchill said)

49. I like a man who grins when he fights. (Winston Churchill said)

50. I never worry about action, but only inaction. (Winston Churchill said)

51. I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside. (Winston Churchill said)

52. If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons. (Winston Churchill said)

53. If it weren’t for painting, I wouldn’t live; I couldn’t bear the extra strain of things. (Winston Churchill said)

54. If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire. (Winston Churchill said)

55. If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. (Winston Churchill said)

56. If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. (Winston Churchill said)

57. If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce. (Winston Churchill said)

58. If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. (Winston Churchill said)

59. I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks. (Winston Churchill said)

60. In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet. (Winston Churchill said)

61. In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice. (Winston Churchill said)

62. In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might. (Winston Churchill said)

63. In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times. (Winston Churchill said)

64. In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies (Winston Churchill said)

65. India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator. (Winston Churchill said)

66. It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. (Winston Churchill said)

67. It is a fine game to play – the game of politics – and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging. (Winston Churchill said)

68. It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. (Winston Churchill said)

69. It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. (Winston Churchill said)

70. It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. (Winston Churchill said)

71. It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see. (Winston Churchill said)

72. It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive. (Winston Churchill said)

73. It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. (Winston Churchill said)

74. It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion’s heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. (Winston Churchill said)

75. Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it. (Winston Churchill said)

76. Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. (Winston Churchill said)

77. Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. (Winston Churchill said)

78. Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it. (Winston Churchill said)

79. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. (Winston Churchill said)

80. Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about. (Winston Churchill said)

81. My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. (Winston Churchill said)

82. My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them. (Winston Churchill said)

83. My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop. (Winston Churchill said)

84. Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. (Winston Churchill said)

85. Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. (Winston Churchill said)

86. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. (Winston Churchill said)
87. Never, never, never give up. (Winston Churchill said)

88. ‘No comment’ is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again. (Winston Churchill said)

89. No crime is so great as daring to excel. (Winston Churchill said)

90. Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. (Winston Churchill said)

91. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. (Winston Churchill said)

92. One does not leave a convivial party before closing time. (Winston Churchill said)

93. One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never! (Winston Churchill said)

94. Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong. (Winston Churchill said)

95. Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. (Winston Churchill said)

96. Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game. (Winston Churchill said)

97. Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. (Winston Churchill said)

98. Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business. (Winston Churchill said)

99. Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. (Winston Churchill said)

100. Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. (Winston Churchill said)

101. Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all. (Winston Churchill said)

102. Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill said)

103. Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. (Winston Churchill said)

104. Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. (Winston Churchill said)

105. Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. (Winston Churchill said)
106. Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. (Winston Churchill said)

107. The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. (Winston Churchill said)

108. The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst. (Winston Churchill said)

109. The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. (Winston Churchill said)

110. The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see. (Winston Churchill said)

111. The first quality that is needed is audacity. (Winston Churchill said)

112. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. (Winston Churchill said)

113. The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it. (Winston Churchill said)

114. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. (Winston Churchill said)

115. There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true. (Winston Churchill said)

116. There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you. (Winston Churchill said)

117. There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion. (Winston Churchill said)

118. This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. (Winston Churchill said)

119. This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. (Winston Churchill said)

120. Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war. (Winston Churchill said)

121. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. (Winston Churchill said)

122. Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent. (Winston Churchill said)

123. True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. (Winston Churchill said)

124. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. (Winston Churchill said)

125. You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. (Winston Churchill said)

126. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history. (Winston Churchill said)

127. War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can. (Winston Churchill said)

128. We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm. (Winston Churchill said)

129. We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. (Winston Churchill said)

130. We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty. (Winston Churchill said)

131. We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect. (Winston Churchill said)

132. We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English. (Winston Churchill said)

133. We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. (Winston Churchill said)

134. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. (Winston Churchill said)

135. We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. (Winston Churchill said)

136. We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. (Winston Churchill said)

137. We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. (Winston Churchill said)

138. What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget? (Winston Churchill said)

139. When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home. (Winston Churchill said)

140. When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin. (Winston Churchill said)

141. When we look back on all the perils through which we have passed and at the mighty foes that we have laid low and all the dark and deadly designs that we have frustrated, why should we fear for our future? We have come safely through the worst. (Winston Churchill said)

142. Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. (Winston Churchill said)

143. A shadow has fallen upon the scenes so lately lighted by the Allied victory. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. (Winston Churchill said)

144. All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. (Winston Churchill said)

145. Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal. (Winston Churchill said)

146. An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile — hoping it will eat him last. (Winston Churchill said)

147. Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat. (Winston Churchill said)

148. Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill said)

149. Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend. (Winston Churchill said)

150. Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. (Winston Churchill said)

151. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen (Winston Churchill said)

152. Danger — if you meet it promptly and without flinching — you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never! (Winston Churchill said)

153. Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. (Winston Churchill said)

154. Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. (Winston Churchill said)

155. For myself I am an optimist it does not seem to be much use being anything else. (Winston Churchill said)

156. From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. (Winston Churchill said)

157. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job. (Winston Churchill said)

158. Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose. (Winston Churchill said)

159. He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. (Winston Churchill said)

160. He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about. (Winston Churchill said)

161. Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job. (Winston Churchill said)

162. I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. (Winston Churchill said)

163. I do not hold that we should rearm in order to fight. I hold that we should rearm in order to parley. (Winston Churchill said)

164. I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents. (Winston Churchill said)

165. I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar. (Winston Churchill said)

166. If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future. (Winston Churchill said)

167. If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care. (Winston Churchill said)

168. If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it. (Winston Churchill said)

169. If you’re going through hell, keep going. (Winston Churchill said)

170. In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times. (Winston Churchill said)

171. In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill. (Winston Churchill said)

172. It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. (Winston Churchill said)

173. It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter (Winston Churchill said)

174. It’s no use saying, We are doing our best. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. (Winston Churchill said)

175. Logic is a poor guide compared with custom. (Winston Churchill said)

176. Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill. (Winston Churchill said)

177. Never, never, never, never give up. (Winston Churchill said)

178. No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism. (Winston Churchill said)

179. No two on earth in all things can agree. All have some daring singularity. (Winston Churchill said)

180. Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization. (Winston Churchill said)

181. Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance. (Winston Churchill said)

182. Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result. (Winston Churchill said)

183. Opening amenities are often opening inanities. (Winston Churchill said)

184. Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge. (Winston Churchill said)

185. Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. (Winston Churchill said)

186. Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. (Winston Churchill said)

187. Responsibility is the price of greatness. (Winston Churchill said)

188. Say what you have to say and first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending; sit down. (Winston Churchill said)

189. Short words are the best and old words when short are best of all. (Winston Churchill said)

190. Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality. (Winston Churchill said)

191. Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice. (Winston Churchill said)

192. Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party. (Winston Churchill said)

193. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill said)

194. Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill said)

195. Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. (Winston Churchill said)

196. Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves. (Winston Churchill said)

197. The empires of the futures are the empires of the mind. (Winston Churchill said)

198. The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. (Winston Churchill said)

199. The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. (Winston Churchill said)

200. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. (Winston Churchill said)

201. The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. (Winston Churchill said)

202. The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go. (Winston Churchill said)

203. The price of greatness is responsibility. (Winston Churchill said)

204. The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult. (Winston Churchill said)

205. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. (Winston Churchill said)

206. There is in the act of preparing, the moment you start caring. (Winston Churchill said)

207. There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies. (Winston Churchill said)

208. There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right. (Winston Churchill said)

209. These are not dark days: these are great days — the greatest days our country has ever lived. (Winston Churchill said)

210. This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure. (Winston Churchill said)

211. This is the sort of pedantry up with which I will not put. (Winston Churchill said)

212. To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war. (Winston Churchill said)

213. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. (Winston Churchill said)

214. We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage. (Winston Churchill said)

215. We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty. (Winston Churchill said)

216. We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often. (Winston Churchill said)

217. When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened. (Winston Churchill said)

218. When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber. (Winston Churchill said)

219. Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed. (Winston Churchill said)

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