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Winston Churchill Quotes

 

"It is better to be making the news than taking it to be an actor rather than a critic."


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal."


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“The price of greatness is responsibility.”


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


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


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


“A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”


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


“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”


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


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


“I never worry about action, but only about inaction.”


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


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


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


“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.”


“Never, never, never give in!”


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


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


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


“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.”


“For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”



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


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


“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 honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”



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


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



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


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


“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”


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


“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.”


“We shall never surrender.”



"Personally Im always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught."


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


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


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


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


“If you find a job you love, you’ll never work again...”


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


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



“When you’re 20 you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60 you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”



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


“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.”


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


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


“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.”


“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.”



“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”


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


“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.”



“If you don’t take change by the hand, it will take you by the throat.”


“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.”



“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”


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


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



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



“The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself.”


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


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


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


“A joke is a very serious thing.”


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


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



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


“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.”



And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”


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


“Most of the world’s work is done by people who don’t feel very well.”


“The most important thing about education is appetite.”


“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”


“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.”



“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”


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



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


“There are plenty of good ideas, if only they can be backed with the power of action.”


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


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


“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.”


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


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


“The oldest habit in the world for resisting change is to complain that unless the remedy to the disease should be universally applied it should not be applied at all. But you must start somewhere.”



“Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen.”


“This paper, by its very length, defends itself from ever being read.”


“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.”



“Keep calm and carry on.”


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


“I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself.”


“I am all for your using machines, but do not let them use you.”


“It is wonderful how well men can keep secrets they have not been told.”



“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.”



“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 for ever. Existence is never so sweet as when it is at hazard.”



“The gift of a common tongue is a priceless inheritance and it may well some day become the foundation of a common citizenship.”



“We proceeded systematically, village by village and we destroyed the houses, filled up the wells, blew down the towers, cut down the shady trees, burned the crops and broke the reservoirs in punitive devastation.”



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


"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."


"In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill."



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



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


"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."




"It is no use saying ‘we are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”





“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”





“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.”






“Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”





“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”






“I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I have inspired the nation. It was the nation and the race dwelling all around the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”






“Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.”





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





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






“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: “This was their finest hour.”






“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived. ”






“The English know how to make the best of things. Their so-called muddling through is simply skill at dealing with the inevitable.”






“War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.”





“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.”






“No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.”





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





“We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic.”





“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!”






“Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.”





“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory there is no survival.”






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





“The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.”





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





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






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





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






“In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.”





“There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”






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





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





“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.”






“Never, never, 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. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”






“What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.”





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






“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.”






“We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.”






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






“We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.”





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






“All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.”





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





“The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of engineers.”






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






“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.”






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





“All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”





“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”





“I may be drunk, miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”





“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.”






“Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.”





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





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





“I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.”





“There 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.”





“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.”





“Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.”





“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”





“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.”





“I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.”





“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”





“No crime is so great as daring to excel.”





“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.”






“We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.”


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