Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

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

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

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

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

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

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

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

“Never, never, never give in!”

“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

“Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

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

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. ”

“Don’t interrupt me while I’m interrupting.”

“Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

“Never give in, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never Yield to a force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

“We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.”

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

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

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

“You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.”

“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”

“If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.”

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

“From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, 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.”

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope”

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

“A joke is a very serious thing.”

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

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

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

“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.”

“History is written by the victors.”

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”

“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.”

“When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.”

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”

“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.”

“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”

“There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at with no result.”

“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. ”

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
“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.”

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”

“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.”

“A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.”

“Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

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

“We shall go on to the end, 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 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, and even if, which I do not for a 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, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.”

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

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

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

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the
inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

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

“You create your own universe as you go along.”

“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”

“You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. She was meant to be wooed and won by youth.”

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

“The most important thing about education is appetite.”

“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”

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

“And wherever men are fighting against barbarism, tyranny, and massacre, for freedom, law, and honour, let them remember that the fame of their deeds, even though they themselves be exterminated, may perhaps be celebrated as long as the world rolls round.”

“All of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.”

“Never in the history of human conflict, has so much been owed by so many, to so few. It was perhaps, their finest hour.”

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

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

“If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”

“Now at this very moment I knew that the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all! … How long the war would last or in what fashion it would end no man could tell, nor did I at this moment care … We should not be wiped out. Our history would not come to an end … Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to a powder. All the rest was merely the proper application of overwhelming force.”

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

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

“I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.”

“In War: Resolution,
In Defeat: Defiance,
In Victory: Magnaminity
In Peace: Good Will.”

“Doubts [can] be swept away only by deeds.”

“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge”

“We have not journeyed all this way because we are made of sugar candy.”

“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police … yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. ”

“The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.”

“The only thing to fear is fear itself.”

“Good and great are seldom in the same man. ”

“It is the people who control the Government, not the Government the people.”

“There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.”

“Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.”

“One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once ‘The Unnecessary War’.”

“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.”

“Writing a long and substantial book is like having a friend and companion at your side, to whom you can always turn for comfort and amusement, and whose society becomes more attractive as a new and widening field of interest is lighted in the mind.”

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

“Success always demands a greater effort.”

“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”

“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

“Without courage all other virtues lose their meaning.”

“Socialism needs to pull down wealth; liberalism seeks to raise up poverty. Socialism would destroy private interests, Liberalism would preserve [them] … by reconciling them with public right. Socialism would kill enterprise; Liberalism would rescue enterprise from the trammels of privilege and preference. Socialism assails the preeminence of the individual; Liberalism seeks … to build up a minimum standard for the mass. Socialism exalts the rule; Liberalism exalts the man. Socialism attacks capitalism; Liberalism attacks monopoly.”

“We build dwellings and thereafter they build us.”

“Never, Never, Never, Never, Never give up.”

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me”

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

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