Famous and Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

Famous and Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

Winston Churchill, in full  Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, (born November 30, 1874, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England—died January 24, 1965, London), British statesman, orator, and author who as prime minister (1940–45, 1951–55) rallied the British people during World War II and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory.

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

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

“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 afterward to explain why it didn’t happen.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Twenty to twenty-five! These are the years! Don’t be content with things as they are.”

“We seem to be very near the bleak choice between War and Shame. My feeling is that we shall choose Shame, and then have War thrown in a little later on even more adverse terms than at present.”

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

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”

“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.”

“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. ”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Expert knowledge, however indispensable, is no substitute for a generous and comprehending outlook upon the human story with all its sadness and with all its unquenchable hope.”

“This is the company I should like to find in heaven. Stained perhaps, but positive. Not those flaccid sea anemones of virtue who can hardly wiggle an antenna in the turgid waters of negativity.”

“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 others that have been tried from time to time.”

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

“I am easily satisfied with the very best. ”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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. ”

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

“Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about. “

“Today we may say aloud before an awe-struck world, ‘We are still masters of our fate. We still are captains of our souls. “

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

“No one is compelled to serve great causes unless he feels fit for it, but nothing is more certain than you cannot take the lead in great causes as a half-time.”

“I have not fear of the future. Let us go forward into its mysteries, let us tear aside the veils which hide it from our eyes, and let us move onward with confidence and courage. “

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

“You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: 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. “

“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.”

“War is mainly a catalog of blunders. “

“History is written by the victors.”

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

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

“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.

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

“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.”

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

“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”

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

“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 often no longer strong.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised. ”

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

“I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.”

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

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

“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.”

“We must beware of trying to build a society in which no one counts for anything except a politician or an official, or a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges.”

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

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

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

“Dangers which are warded off and difficulties which are overcome before they reach a crisis are utterly unrecognized. Eaten bread is soon forgotten.”

“A joke is a very serious thing.”

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

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

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

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

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

“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’s heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. “

“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 price of greatness is responsibility. “

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