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457 Inspiring Quotes by Winston Churchill

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Wikipedia Summary for Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, during the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Although best known for his wartime leadership as Prime Minister, Churchill was also a Sandhurst-educated soldier, a Nobel Prize-winning writer and historian, a prolific painter, and one of the longest-serving politicians in British history. Apart from two years between 1922 and 1924, he was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1900 to 1964 and represented a total of five constituencies. Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, he was for most of his career a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, though he was also a member of the Liberal Party from 1904 to 1924.

Of mixed English and American parentage, Churchill was born in Oxfordshire to a wealthy, aristocratic family. He joined the British Army in 1895 and saw action in British India, the Anglo-Sudan War, and the Second Boer War, gaining fame as a war correspondent and writing books about his campaigns. Elected a Conservative MP in 1900, he defected to the Liberals in 1904. In H. H. Asquith's Liberal government, Churchill served as President of the Board of Trade and Home Secretary, championing prison reform and workers' social security.

As First Lord of the Admiralty during the First World War, he oversaw the Gallipoli Campaign but, after it proved a disaster, he was demoted to Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He resigned in November 1915 and joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the Western Front for six months. In 1917, he returned to government under David Lloyd George and served successively as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for Air, and Secretary of State for the Colonies, overseeing the Anglo-Irish Treaty and British foreign policy in the Middle East. After two years out of Parliament, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Stanley Baldwin's Conservative government, returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure and depressing the UK economy.

Out of government during his so-called "wilderness years" in the 1930s, Churchill took the lead in calling for British rearmament to counter the growing threat of militarism in Nazi Germany. At the outbreak of the Second World War he was re-appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. In May 1940, he became Prime Minister, replacing Neville Chamberlain. Churchill oversaw British involvement in the Allied war effort against the Axis powers, resulting in victory in 1945. After the Conservatives' defeat in the 1945 general election, he became Leader of the Opposition. Amid the developing Cold War with the Soviet Union, he publicly warned of an "iron curtain" of Soviet influence in Europe and promoted European unity. He lost the 1950 election, but was returned to office the following year in the 1951 election. His second term was preoccupied with foreign affairs, especially Anglo-American relations and preservation of the British Empire. Domestically, his government emphasised house-building and developed a nuclear weapon. In declining health, Churchill resigned as Prime Minister in 1955, although he remained an MP until 1964. Upon his death in 1965, he received a state funeral.

Widely considered one of the 20th century's most significant figures, Churchill remains popular in the UK and Western world, where he is seen as a victorious wartime leader who played an important role in defending Europe's liberal democracy against the spread of fascism. He is also praised as a social reformer. However, he has been criticised for some wartime events – notably the 1945 bombing of Dresden – and also for his imperialist views, including comments on race.

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We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.

--Winston Churchill

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Victory is the beautiful, bright-colored flower. Transport is the stem without which it could never have blossomed.

--Winston Churchill

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.

--Winston Churchill

feet in sand

Sunshine is my quest.

--Winston Churchill

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Air superiority is the ultimate expression of military power.

--Winston Churchill

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There is no working middle course in wartime.

--Winston Churchill

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The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

--Winston Churchill

sunflower field during daytime

It always looks so easy to solve problems by taking the line of least resistance.

--Winston Churchill

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Saving is a fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.

--Winston Churchill

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The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.

--Winston Churchill

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Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

--Winston Churchill

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The Navy can lose us the war, but only the Air Force can win it. The fighters are our salvation, but the bombers alone provide the means of victory.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

The Navy can lose us the war, but only the Air Force can win it. Therefore our supreme effort must be to gain overwhelming mastery in the Air. The Fighters are our salvation ... but the Bombers alone provide the means of victory... In no other way at present visible can we hope to overcome the immense military power of Germany.



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I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar. That is why I am in two-hundred-percent form.

--Winston Churchill

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Logic is a poor guide compared with custom.

--Winston Churchill


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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

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Only changes in mindsets can extend the frontiers of the possible.

--Winston Churchill

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The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.

--Winston Churchill

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There is not much collective security in a flock of sheep on the way to the butcher.

--Winston Churchill

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Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

--Winston Churchill

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.

--Winston Churchill

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Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most times he will pick himself up and carry on.

--Winston Churchill

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Still, it is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in, and to punish with exceptional severity all members of their own race who have warmed their hands at the invaders' hearth.

--Winston Churchill

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I let the argument rip healthily between the departments. This is a very good way to finding out the truth.

--Winston Churchill

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If it weren't for painting, I wouldn't live; I couldn't bear the extra strain of things.

--Winston Churchill


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It is hard, if not impossible, to snub a beautiful woman -- they remain beautiful and the snub recoils.

--Winston Churchill

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The flame of Christian ethics is still our highest guide.

--Winston Churchill

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In order to become a great man, one must first be a great rascal.

--Winston Churchill

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Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.

--Winston Churchill

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Indeed I do not think we should be justified in using any but the more sombre tones and colours while our people, our Empire, and indeed the whole English-speaking world are passing through a dark and deadly valley.

--Winston Churchill


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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

--Winston Churchill

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Every offensive lost its force as it proceeded. It was like throwing a bucket of water over the floor. It first rushed forward, then soaked forward, and finally stopped altogether until another bucket could be brought.

--Winston Churchill

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For with primacy in power is also joined an awe inspiring accountability to the future.

--Winston Churchill

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Science bestowed immense new powers on man, and at the same time, created conditions which were largely beyond his comprehension.

--Winston Churchill

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The press is easier to strangle than to look in the eyes.

--Winston Churchill

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I do not hold that we should rearm in order to fight. I hold that we should rearm in order to parley.

--Winston Churchill


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I began my education at a very early age; in fact, right after I left college.

--Winston Churchill

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So long as I am acting from duty and conviction, I am indifferent to taunts and jeers. I think they will probably do me more good than harm.

--Winston Churchill

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They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.

--Winston Churchill


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There are men in the world who derive an exaltation from the proximity of disaster and ruin, as other from success.

--Winston Churchill

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We hope to see a Europe where men of every country will think of being a European as of belonging to their native land, and...wherever they go in this wide domain...will truly feel, ‘Here I am at home.'

--Winston Churchill

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Never, never, never give up.

--Winston Churchill

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Science has given to this generation the means of unlimited disaster or of unlimited progress. There will remain the greater task of directing knowledge lastingly towards the purpose of peace and human good.

--Winston Churchill

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I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.

--Winston Churchill

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After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil.

--Winston Churchill

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Watch your actions, they become your habits.

--Winston Churchill


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There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.

--Winston Churchill


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Hasty work and premature decisions may lead to penalties out of all proportion to the issues immediately involved.

--Winston Churchill


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The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.

--Winston Churchill

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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

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The difference between mere management and leadership is communication.

--Winston Churchill

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A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.

--Winston Churchill

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One must regard the hyphen as a blemish to be avoided wherever possible.

--Winston Churchill


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Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.

--Winston Churchill

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Socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the object worship of the state.

--Winston Churchill

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If you want to discover new oceans, you must first have the courage to leave shore.

--Winston Churchill

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Woe betide the leaders now perched on their dizzy pinnacles of triumph if they cast away at the conference table what the soldiers had won on a hundred bloodsoaked battlefields.

--Winston Churchill

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A modest little person, with much to be modest about.

--Winston Churchill

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The only way a man can remain consistent amid changing circumstances is to change with them while preserving the same dominating purpose.

--Winston Churchill

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Expert knowledge is limited knowledge.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

Nothing would be more fatal than for the Government of States to get in the hands of experts. Expert knowledge is limited knowledge, and the unlimited ignorance of the plain man who knows where it hurts is a safer guide than any rigorous direction of a specialized character.


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Much as war attracts me and fascinates my mind with its tremendous situations, I feel more deeply every year ... what vile and wicked folly and barbarism it all is.

--Winston Churchill

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I never slept as soundly as the night following Pearl Harbor. For I knew that The American Race would now be entering the war and it would never be the same.

--Winston Churchill

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The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.

--Winston Churchill

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Most of the significant contributions that have been made to society have been made by people who were tired.

--Winston Churchill

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Kites rise highest against the wind -- not with it.

--Winston Churchill

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The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we
recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history.

--Winston Churchill

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Men and kings must be judged in the testing moments of their lives. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because, as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.

--Winston Churchill

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My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.

--Winston Churchill

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A baboon in a forest is a matter of legitimate speculation; a baboon in a zoo is an object of public curiosity; but a baboon in your wife's bed is a cause of the gravest concern.

--Winston Churchill

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Human beings are of two classes: those whose work is work and whose pleasure is pleasure; and those whose work and pleasure are one.

--Winston Churchill

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Their insatiable lust for power is only equaled by their incurable impotence in exercising it.

--Winston Churchill

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Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield.

--Winston Churchill


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I have never accepted what many people have kindly said -- namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it.

--Winston Churchill

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Gentleman, I am hardening on this enterprise. I repeat, I am now hardening towards this enterprise.

--Winston Churchill

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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

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We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.

--Winston Churchill

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Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending -- sit down.

--Winston Churchill


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A lady came up to me one day and said 'Sir! You are drunk', to which I replied 'I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.'

--Winston Churchill

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Socialism would gather all power to the supreme party and party leaders, rising like stately pinnacles above their vast bureaucracies of civil servants no longer servants, no longer civil.

--Winston Churchill

red rose

Politics is not a game, but a serious business.

--Winston Churchill

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The love of a foster mother for her charge appears absolutely irrational.

--Winston Churchill

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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

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Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces.

--Winston Churchill


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In war it does not matter who is right, but who is left.

--Winston Churchill

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Achievement is not last, disappointment is not deadly: It is the mettle to proceed with that matters.

--Winston Churchill


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Indomitable in retreat, invincible in advance; insufferable in victory.

--Winston Churchill

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Even the most eminent persons are subject to the laws of gravity.

--Winston Churchill

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Christopher Columbus was the first socialist: he didn't know where he was going, he didn't know where he was? and he did it all at taxpayers expense.

--Winston Churchill

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Please put the ladybug outside without harming her.

--Winston Churchill

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Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even should they rarely stick to their plan.

--Winston Churchill

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Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

--Winston Churchill

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I never worry about action, but only about inaction.

--Winston Churchill

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If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary.

--Winston Churchill

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In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.

--Winston Churchill

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Nothing can save England if she will not save herself. If we lose faith in ourselves, in our capacity to guide and govern, if we lose our will to live, then indeed our story is told.

--Winston Churchill

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A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow.

--Winston Churchill

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Remember gentleman, it's not just France we're fighting for, it's Champagne!

--Winston Churchill

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This is the lesson: Never give in ... never, never, never, never... in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in except to convictions of honor or good taste.

--Winston Churchill

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Bearing ourselves humbly before God... we await undismayed the impending assault.... be the ordeal sharp or long, or both, we shall seek no terms, we shall tolerate no parlay; we may show mercy -- we shall ask for none.

--Winston Churchill

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Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.

--Winston Churchill

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The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril.

--Winston Churchill

beach during daytime

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

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The most frightful of all spectacles is the strength of the civilization without its mercy.

--Winston Churchill

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A small lie needs a bodyguard of bigger lies to protect it.

--Winston Churchill

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Danger, if met head on, can be nearly halved.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!


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We make our buildings and afterwards they make us. They regulate the course of our lives.

--Winston Churchill

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I think it would be so much better for me to learn something which would be useful to me in the army, as well as affording me exercise and amusement.

--Winston Churchill

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Writing ... it begins as an amusement, then it becomes a mistress, then a master, and finally a tyrant.

--Winston Churchill



pink rose

The high roads of the future will be clear, not only for us but for all, not only for our time but for a century to come.

--Winston Churchill



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I have found in my experience of war, that plans are useless, but planning is invaluable.

--Winston Churchill

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Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat.

--Winston Churchill


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Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty.

--Winston Churchill

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How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is a fateful fatalistic apathy.

--Winston Churchill


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It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.

--Winston Churchill

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Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.

--Winston Churchill


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The man who stands firm in order to protect a sand-castle can never be relied upon; for he has given away his common sense.

--Winston Churchill

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If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty, you have no brain.

--Winston Churchill

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We were not made by Nature to work, or even to play, from eight o'clock in the morning till midnight. We ought to break our days and our marches into two.

--Winston Churchill

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To achieve the extirpation of Nazi tyranny there are no lengths of violence to which we will not go.

--Winston Churchill

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Here life itself, life at its best and healthiest, awaits the caprice of the bullet. Let us see the development of the day. All else may stand over, perhaps forever. Existence is never so sweet as when it is at hazard.

--Winston Churchill

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We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity.

--Winston Churchill

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The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.

--Winston Churchill

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Armed with a paint-box, one cannot be bored, one cannot be left at a loose end, one cannot have several days on one's hands.

--Winston Churchill

sunset

The one who cannot see that on Earth a big endeavor is taking place, an important plan, on which realization we are allowed to collaborate as faithful servants, certainly has to be blind.

--Winston Churchill

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Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey; hardship our garment; constancy and valor our only shield. We must be united, we must be undaunted, we must be inflexible.

--Winston Churchill

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Haven't you learned yet that I put something more than whisky into my speeches.

--Winston Churchill

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

Smoking cigars is like falling in love; first you are attracted to its shape; you stay with it for its flavour; and you must always remember never, never let the flame go out.

--Winston Churchill

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Where there is great power, there is great responsibility.

--Winston Churchill

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In Russia a man is called reactionary if he objects to having his property stolen and his wife and children murdered.

--Winston Churchill


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The rhinoceros stood ... about five hundred yards away ... not a twentieth-century animal at all, but an odd, grim straggler from the Stone Age.

--Winston Churchill

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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

--Winston Churchill

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It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter.

--Winston Churchill

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Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.

--Winston Churchill

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Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

--Winston Churchill


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You must be prepared for further efforts of mind and body and further sacrifices to great causes, if you are not to fall back into the rut if inertia, the confusion of aim and the craven fear of being great.

--Winston Churchill

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There is more blood than paint upon these hands. All those thousands of men killed. We thought it would be a little job, and so it might have been if it had begun in the right way.

--Winston Churchill

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War, which used to be cruel and magnificent has now become cruel and squalid.

--Winston Churchill

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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

--Winston Churchill



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There but for the grace of God, goes God.

--Winston Churchill


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No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.

--Winston Churchill

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The Fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists.

--Winston Churchill

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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

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I have not become the Kings First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.

--Winston Churchill

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This beginning with Audacity, or being thrown into the middle of it, is already a very great part of the art of painting.

--Winston Churchill

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The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.

--Winston Churchill

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I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

--Winston Churchill

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Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar.

--Winston Churchill

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We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.

--Winston Churchill


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You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.

--Winston Churchill

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Free speech carries with it the evil of all foolish, unpleasant venomous things that are said but, on the whole, we would rather lump them than do away with them.

--Winston Churchill

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The only guide to man is his conscience.

--Winston Churchill

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I cannot but think we have much to be thankful for, and more still to hope for in the future.

--Winston Churchill

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Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.

--Winston Churchill

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We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

--Winston Churchill

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To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.

--Winston Churchill

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There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.

--Winston Churchill

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Let us set up a standard around which the brave and the loyal can rally.

--Winston Churchill

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He is like a female llama surprised in her bath.

--Winston Churchill

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It was evident however that the lawyers would have to have their say....This also opened up a vista both lengthy and obscure.

--Winston Churchill

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I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

--Winston Churchill

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

--Winston Churchill

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Here was a place where real things were going on. Here was a scene of vital action. Here was a place where anything might happen. Here was a place where something would certainly happen. Here I might leave my bones.

--Winston Churchill

white flowers

Socialism is an attack on the right to breathe freely. No socialist system can be established without a political police.

--Winston Churchill

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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

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The maxim of the British people is 'business as usual.'

--Winston Churchill

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There is no surer method of economizing and saving money than in the reduction of the number of officials.

--Winston Churchill


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We would rather see London laid in ruins and ashes than that it should be tamely and abjectly enslaved.

--Winston Churchill

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I get my exercise being a pallbearer for those of my friends who believed in regular running and calisthenics.

--Winston Churchill

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Victory will never be found by taking the path of least resistance.

--Winston Churchill


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Study history, study history. In history lie all the secrets of statecraft.

--Winston Churchill


short-beak red bird on tree

It has not fallen to your lot to command great armies. You had to create them, organize them and inspire them.

--Winston Churchill

blue sky with stars during night time

Do you know why the nose of the bull dog is sloped backwards? So it can keep on breathing without ever letting go.

--Winston Churchill

silhouette photography of mountains

What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.

--Winston Churchill

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Eating words has never given me indigestion.

--Winston Churchill

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If, however, there is to be a war of nerves let us make sure our nerves are strong and are fortified by the deepest convictions of our hearts.

--Winston Churchill

brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

Appeasement is feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear -- I fear greatly -- the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar, even more loudly, even more widely.


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He spoke with more eloquence than wisdom.

--Winston Churchill

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Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.

--Winston Churchill

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'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.

--Winston Churchill

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

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

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.

--Winston Churchill

blue painted wall with white paint

It is easier to give directions than advice, and more agreeable to have the right to act, even in a limited sphere, than the privilege to talk at large.

--Winston Churchill

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

For the first time I heard shots fired in anger, heard bullets strike flesh or whistle through the air.

--Winston Churchill

shallow focus photography of purple flower

I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

--Winston Churchill


full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers

Dead birds don't fall out of their nests.

--Winston Churchill

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Never give in. Never, never, never.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.


black textile in close up photography

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

--Winston Churchill

white

I am weary of a task which is done and I hope I shall not shrink when the aftermath ends. My only wish is to live peacefully out the remaining years -- if years they be.

--Winston Churchill

white stone woman sculpture

I neither want it Brandy nor need it, but I should think it pretty hazardous to interfere with the ineradicable habit of a lifetime.

--Winston Churchill

dome tent with galaxy with stars

Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world.

--Winston Churchill

pink rose in bloom close up photo

Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality. How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it!

--Winston Churchill

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

--Winston Churchill

photo of clear sky full of stars

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

--Winston Churchill

pink and white flowers in tilt shift lens

Never let a good crisis go to waste.

--Winston Churchill

green water in close up photography

Broadly speaking, human beings may be divided into three classes: those who are billed to death, those who are worried to death, and those who are bored to death.

--Winston Churchill

purple wallpaper

The Russians will try all the rooms in a house, enter those that are not locked, and when they come to one that cannot be broken into, they will withdraw and invite you to dine genially that same evening.

--Winston Churchill

two white flowers

Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.

--Winston Churchill

castle surrounded fog

I do not resent criticism, even when for the sake of emphasis; it parts for the time with reality.

--Winston Churchill

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

Opening amenities are often opening inanities.

--Winston Churchill


tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.

--Winston Churchill

running white, brown, and black dog

Painting came to my rescue in a most trying time.

--Winston Churchill

aerial photography of forest

No one ever finds life worth living -- one has to make it worth living.

--Winston Churchill

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

The shortest road to ruin is to emulate the methods of your adversary.

--Winston Churchill

sunflowers

Doubts could be swept away only by deeds.

--Winston Churchill

mountain summit during sunset

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.

--Winston Churchill

man standing on cliff under white sky

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

--Winston Churchill

red and white no smoking sign

Today I may way before an awestruck world; I am still master of my fate. I am still captain of my soul.

--Winston Churchill

man holding his head

Have no fear of the future. Let us go forward into its mysteries, tear away the veils which hide it from our eyes, and move onwards with confidence and courage.

--Winston Churchill

yellow flower in green grass field

A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.

--Winston Churchill

three person looking stars and milky way

If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.

--Winston Churchill

golden retriever inside car

I'm going to make a long speech because I've not had the time to prepare a short one.

--Winston Churchill

white snow mountain

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.

--Winston Churchill

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

They said it was only a ground shark; but I was not wholly reassured. It is as bad to be eaten by a ground shark as by any other.

--Winston Churchill

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.

--Winston Churchill

Arizona landscape

There is in the act of preparing, the moment you start caring.

--Winston Churchill

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Some people did not like this ceremonious style. But after all when you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.

--Winston Churchill

elephants on green grass field during daytime

I decline utterly to be impartial between the fire brigade and the fire.

--Winston Churchill

pink and teal striped textile

I propose that 100,000 degenerate Britons should be forcibly sterilized and others put in labour camps to halt the decline of the British race.

--Winston Churchill

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

The statesman who yields to war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

--Winston Churchill

adult black and tan dachshund

A gentleman is a man who is only rude when he intends to be.

--Winston Churchill

red flame

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?


black fawn pug playing with plush toy

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

--Winston Churchill

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Unteachable from infancy to tomb -- There is the first and main characteristic of mankind.

--Winston Churchill



man smiling while facing other person

You create your own universe as you go along.

--Winston Churchill

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it all others depend.

--Winston Churchill

black dog photography

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

--Winston Churchill

saguaro

Perfectionism spells paralysis.

--Winston Churchill

pink and orange paints

Do not turn the superior eye of critical passivity upon these efforts... We must not be ambitious. We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paint-box.

--Winston Churchill

sunset with rainbow

Praise the humanities, my boy. That'll make them think you're broadminded!

--Winston Churchill

man raising arms between greenfield

Never stand when you can sit, and never sit when you can lie down.

--Winston Churchill

green trees under blue sky at daytime

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.'


purple and white petaled flower

When I'm in office I always keep Members of Parliament talking. If they stopped they might start thinking.

--Winston Churchill

red rose in close up photography

When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.

--Winston Churchill

couple kissing under gray clouds

In war, truth is often the first casualty.

--Winston Churchill

person walking on street while holding black umbrella near cars on road at nighttime

These are great days.

--Winston Churchill

purple and blue light illustration

From now on we shall bomb Germany on an ever-increasing scale, month by month, year by year, until the Nazi regime has either been exterminated by us or -- better still -- torn to pieces by the German people themselves.

--Winston Churchill


flower garden

Success is never final.

--Winston Churchill


brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

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

shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring

Watch your character -- for your character is your destiny.

--Winston Churchill

smiling woman

There was a man who sold a hyena skin while the beast still lived and who was killed in hunting it.

--Winston Churchill

chocolate

The British people are good all through. You can test them as you would put a bucket into the sea and always find it salt.

--Winston Churchill

sunset with storm clouds

Elderly people and those in authority cannot always be relied upon to take enlightened and comprehending views of what they call the indiscretions of youth.

--Winston Churchill

woman in black tank top

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

green leafed tree with sunlight at daytime

There's no such thing as a good tax.

--Winston Churchill

chocolate

The United States is like giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.

--Winston Churchill

person holding hourglass

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

--Winston Churchill

gray and white concrete floor

In Franklin Roosevelt there died the greatest American friend we have ever known -- and the greatest champion of freedom who has ever brought help and comfort from the New World to the Old.

--Winston Churchill

woman wears black dress tutu dancing ballet on rooftop

Don't deliver an essay with so many points. No one can absorb it. Just say one thing... Of course, you can say the point in many different ways over and over again with different illustrations.

--Winston Churchill

woman in black sports bra and black leggings

If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle them, and, as it were, fondle them. Let them fall open where they will. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas.

--Winston Churchill

pink rose

A heightened sense of the observation of nature is one of the chief delights that have come to me through trying to paint.

--Winston Churchill

green trees beside body of water during daytime

Be a peg, hammered into the frozen ground, immovable.

--Winston Churchill

None

The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.

--Winston Churchill

silhouette of person kicking on mid air

Magna Carta provided "a system of checks and balances which would accord the monarchy its necessary strength, but would prevent its perversion by a tyrant or a fool.

--Winston Churchill

white and black floral textile

Never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter.

--Winston Churchill


group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

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

aerial view of green trees

The tank was originally invented to clear a way for the infantry in the teeth of machine-gun fire. Now it is the infantry who will have to clear a way for the tanks.

--Winston Churchill

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

God for a month of power and a good shorthand writer.

--Winston Churchill

sunset

When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter.

--Winston Churchill

white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them.

--Winston Churchill

pink

You have to run risks. There are no certainties in war. There is a precipice on either side of you -- a precipice of caution and a precipice of over-daring.

--Winston Churchill

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

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

woman wears black dress tutu dancing ballet on rooftop

It is no use dealing with illusions and make-believes. We must look at the facts. The world ... is too dangerous for anyone to be able to afford to nurse illusions. We must look at realities.

--Winston Churchill

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

Without courage all other virtues lose their meaning.

--Winston Churchill

pink flower

If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best grace possible.

--Winston Churchill

red moon wallpaper

It may well be that we shall by a process of sublime irony have reached a state in this story where safety will be the sturdy child of terror, and survival the twin brother of annihilation.

--Winston Churchill

library shelf near black wooden ladder

Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.

--Winston Churchill


landscape photography of mountain

We must have a better word than "prefabricated," why not "ready-made?"

--Winston Churchill

seashore during golden hour

Let the children have their night of fun and laughter, let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures.

--Winston Churchill


pink lotus flower on clear body of water

The monarchy is so extraordinarily useful. When Britain wins a battle she shouts, God save the Queen; when she loses, she votes down the prime minister.

--Winston Churchill

pink rose in close up photography

Land monopoly is not only monopoly, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies; it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly.

--Winston Churchill

red rose

An American diplomat is sometimes like a bull who carries his own china shop around with him.

--Winston Churchill

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

When a new book appears one should read an old one.

--Winston Churchill

black fishes

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

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.

--Winston Churchill

photo of about to bloom lotus flower

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.

--Winston Churchill

blue wallpaper

You must put your head into the lion's mouth if the performance is to be a success.

--Winston Churchill

landscape photography of mountain

Great and good are seldom the same man.

--Winston Churchill

sunset

The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.

--Winston Churchill

None

We The British have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.

--Winston Churchill

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Nothing is perfect on the human stage.

--Winston Churchill

blooming yellow sunflower field

You ought to let the Jews have Jerusalem; it is they who made it famous.

--Winston Churchill

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

I play for high stakes and given an audience -- there is no act too daring or too noble.

--Winston Churchill

blue sky with stars during night time

Fancy cutting down all those beautiful trees...to make pulp for those bloody newspapers, and calling it civilisation.

--Winston Churchill

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

--Winston Churchill


green water in close up photography

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

--Winston Churchill

green forest during daytime

Painting a picture is like trying to fight a battle.

--Winston Churchill

sunset

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

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Experts should be on tap but never on top.

--Winston Churchill

brown sands

It is my belief, you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you understand the most amusing.

--Winston Churchill

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the future of Christian civilisation.

--Winston Churchill

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.

--Winston Churchill

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.

--Winston Churchill

grey cliff near body of water

I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.

--Winston Churchill

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.

--Winston Churchill


person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

The jury system has come to stand for all we mean by English justice. The scrutiny of 12 honest jurors provides defendants and plaintiffs alike a safeguard from arbitrary perversion of the law.

--Winston Churchill

low angle view of blue clouds

When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.

--Winston Churchill

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.

--Winston Churchill

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

--Winston Churchill

yellow, black, green, and orange digital wallpaper

Just to paint is great fun. The colours are lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out. Matching them, however crudely, with what you see is fascinating and absolutely absorbing.

--Winston Churchill

woman standing on cliff

When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.

--Winston Churchill

selective focus photo of green snake plant

Every garden presents innumerable fascinating problems.

--Winston Churchill

brown rock formation

I look like a down-and-out drunk who has been picked out of the gutter in the Strand.

--Winston Churchill

red moon at night

There is a good saying to the effect that when a new book appears one should read an old one. As as author I would not recommend too strict an adherence to this saying.

--Winston Churchill

rainbow

The English never draw a line without blurring it.

--Winston Churchill

green

If you are going to go through hell, keep going.

--Winston Churchill

blue sky with stars during night time

The test of real character is what a man does when he is tired.

--Winston Churchill

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

I feel like an aeroplane at the end of its flight, in the dusk, with the petrol running out, in search of a safe landing.

--Winston Churchill


yellow green leaf

I'd rather spend half an hour in the company of a top carpenter, than three hours in the company of an average brain surgeon.

--Winston Churchill

Arizona landscape

At one side of the palette there is white, at the other black; and neither is ever used neat.

--Winston Churchill

None

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.

--Winston Churchill

red wallpaper

If we could get out of this jam by giving up Malta and Gibraltar and some African colonies I would jump at it. But the only safe way is to convince Hitler that he cannot beat us.

--Winston Churchill

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

The great defence against aerial menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.

--Winston Churchill

None

Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners.

--Winston Churchill

silhouette of flying bird

I could not help reflecting that the bullet which had struck the chestnut horse had certainly passed within a foot of my head. So at any rate I had been 'under fire.' That was something.

--Winston Churchill

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.

--Winston Churchill

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

Playing golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture.

--Winston Churchill

mountains covered with fog

A world united is better than a world divided, but a world divided is better than a world destroyed.

--Winston Churchill

pink flower with green stem

Time and the Ocean and some guiding star and High Cabal have made us what we are.

--Winston Churchill

photography of starry sky

A love of tradition has never weakened a nation.

--Winston Churchill

red white and blue flag

The Times is speechless, and takes three columns to express its speechlessness.

--Winston Churchill

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.

--Winston Churchill


black and gray floral textile

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

--Winston Churchill

calm body of water and mountain

Without victory there is no survival!

--Winston Churchill


purple and white petaled flower

Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.

--Winston Churchill

three people paddling in canoe

I like a man who grins when he fights.

--Winston Churchill

red and yellow abstract painting

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

--Winston Churchill



closed door

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

person holding flowers

My education was interrupted only by my schooling.

--Winston Churchill


brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

The vistas of possibility are only limited by the shortness of life.

--Winston Churchill

pink tulips in close up photography

Our free trade plan is quite simple. We say that every citizen shall have the right to buy whatever he wants, wherever he wants, at his own good pleasure, without restriction or discouragement from the state.

--Winston Churchill


green trees under blue sky at daytime

Diplomacy is the art of telling plain truths without giving offense.

--Winston Churchill

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

There is at least one thing worse than fighting with allies -- And that is to fight without them.

--Winston Churchill

black and white window illustration

I have in my life concentrated more on self-expression than self-denial.

--Winston Churchill

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

--Winston Churchill

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

Never pass up the chance to sit down or go to the bathroom.

--Winston Churchill

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.

--Winston Churchill

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

The person of truth must be covered with bodyguards of lies.

--Winston Churchill

glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

There is no sphere of human thought in which it is easier to show superficial cleverness and the appearance of superior wisdom than in discussing questions of currency and exchange.

--Winston Churchill

green and white painted wall

Most people stumble over the truth, now and then, but they usually manage to pick themselves up and go on, anyway.

--Winston Churchill

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

In battles two things are usually required of the Commander-in-Chief: to make a good plan for his army and, secondly, to keep a strong reserve.

--Winston Churchill

selective focus of common poppy flower

The V sign is the symbol of the unconquerable will of the occupied territories, and a portent of the fate awaiting the Nazi tyranny.

--Winston Churchill


body of water under blue sky during daytime

Air power can either paralyze the enemy's military action or compel him to devote to the defense of his bases and communications a share of his strained resources far greater that what we need in the attack.

--Winston Churchill

green leaf in close up photography

Not to have an adequate air force in the present state of the world is to compromise the foundations of national freedom and independence.

--Winston Churchill

body of water during daytime

I accumulated in those years so fine a surplus in the Book of Observance that I have been drawing confidently upon it ever since.

--Winston Churchill

sunset

Perfect solutions of our difficulties are not to be looked for in an imperfect world.

--Winston Churchill



close-up photo of pink flower

An iron curtain has descended over Europe.

--Winston Churchill

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.

--Winston Churchill

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman.

--Winston Churchill

person holding pocket watch

One may imagine that a man who blew the trumpet for his living would be glad to play the violin for his amusement.

--Winston Churchill

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

--Winston Churchill

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

Never was so much owed by so many to so few.

--Winston Churchill

woman sitting on rock facing plunge waterfalls

The world today is ruled by harassed politicians absorbed in getting into office or turning out the other man so that not much room is left for debating the great issues on their merits.

--Winston Churchill

selective photography of dried leaf

Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

--Winston Churchill

body of water

Everything trends towards catastrophe and collapse. I am interested, geared up and happy. Is it not horrible to be built like that?

--Winston Churchill

green textile in close up image

The old wars were decided by their episodes rather than by their tendencies. In this war, the tendencies are far more important than the episodes.

--Winston Churchill

pink rose in bloom close up photo

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

--Winston Churchill

brown and black butterfly on pink flower

The is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life and war, has it exceptions.

--Winston Churchill

three person looking stars and milky way

I am a sporting man. I always like to give trains and aeroplanes a fair chance of getting away.

--Winston Churchill

full moon in the sky

When I look round to see how we can win the war, I see that there is only one sure path ... and that is absolutely devastating, exterminating attack by very heavy bombers from this country upon the Nazi homeland.

--Winston Churchill

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

Censure is often useful, praise is often deceitful.

--Winston Churchill

shallow focus photo of green leaves

Building slow destroyers! One might as well breed slow race horses.

--Winston Churchill


aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

I myself find waiting more tiring than action.

--Winston Churchill

blue and white abstract painting

If you simply take up the attitude of defending a mistake, there will no hope of improvement.

--Winston Churchill

top view of green succulent plants

One cannot leap a chasm in two jumps.

--Winston Churchill


Longer Version:

We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender and even if, which I do not for the moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle until in God's good time the New World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old.


yellow and black striped background

It is not open to the cool bystander ... to set himself up as an impartial judge of events which would never have occurred had he outstretched a helping hand in time.

--Winston Churchill

clear drinking glass with beer on black table

A joke is a very serious thing.

--Winston Churchill

backdrop orange

I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British instead of the other way around, I might have gotten here on my own.

--Winston Churchill

red textile in close up photography

Americans are a wonderful people: They will always do the right thing -- after exhausting every other possible alternative.

--Winston Churchill


silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Strategy is all very well, but it pays to give thought from time to time to the results.

--Winston Churchill

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another.

--Winston Churchill

pink petaled flower

And what a plan! This vast operation is undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever occurred.

--Winston Churchill

woman leaning against a wall in dim hallway

You may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman, or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together- what do you get? The sum of their fears.

--Winston Churchill

person sleeping on gray gang chair

When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.

--Winston Churchill

selective photography of dried leaf

An aphorism is not an aphorism unless you know what it means.

--Winston Churchill

black mountain under blue sky during night time

The spacious philanthropy which President Woodrow Wilson exhaled upon Europe stopped quite sharply at the coasts of his own country.

--Winston Churchill

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

--Winston Churchill

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

When I was younger I made it a rule never to take a strong drink before lunch. Now it is my rule never to do so before breakfast.

--Winston Churchill

lights pattern swirls

The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one to bear with the stupidity of the ignorant.

--Winston Churchill

blue wooden door opened

The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.

--Winston Churchill

sunset

Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech.

--Winston Churchill

silhouette of mountain under blue sky during daytime

Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world.

--Winston Churchill

man riding on boat on body of water

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

--Winston Churchill

full moon in the sky

Advertising nourishes the consuming power of men. It sets up before a man the goal of a better home, better clothing, better food for himself and his family. It spurs individual exertion and greater production.

--Winston Churchill

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.

--Winston Churchill

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.

--Winston Churchill

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

We are all worms, But I do believe that I am a glow worm.

--Winston Churchill



selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

We must not lose our faculty to dare, particularly in dark days.

--Winston Churchill

pink and teal striped textile

The substance of the eminent Socialist gentlemen's speech is that making a profit is a sin. It is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss!

--Winston Churchill

minimalist photography of open door

It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.

--Winston Churchill

sunset hgihway

Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

--Winston Churchill

person holding sunflower

We shall never surrender.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. 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.


green trees under blue sky at daytime

Hatred plays the same part in government as acid in chemistry.

--Winston Churchill

black and yellow wall sconce

In Great Britain, governments often change their policies without changing their men. In France, they usually change their men without changing their policy.

--Winston Churchill

three clear drinking glasses with brown liquid

We build dwellings and thereafter they build us.

--Winston Churchill

pink tulip flower

I have had to eat my own words many times, and I have found it a very nourishing diet.

--Winston Churchill


orange rose in bloom close up photo

I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilized tribes.

--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas... I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes... It is not necessary to use only the most deadly gases: gases can be used which cause great inconvenience and would spread a lively terror and yet would leave no serious permanent effects on most of those affected.



brown tree branch during daytime

Schools have not necessarily much to do with education...they are mainly institutions of control where certain basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school.

--Winston Churchill

silhouette of man

It is one thing to see the forward path and another to be able to take it. But it is better to have an ambitious plan than none at all.

--Winston Churchill

brown tree branch during daytime

We are not meant to find peace in this world. The spirit of life cannot exist without effort. Destroy the rivalries of man and nations and you will have destroyed all that makes for betterment and progress on Earth.

--Winston Churchill

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