Winston S. Churchill Quotes


Type: British politician,soldier, journalist, historian, author, painter

Born: 30 November 1874

Died: 24 January 1965 (aged 90)

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings, "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values."

Winston S. Churchill Quotes

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

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

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

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

Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

A joke is a very serious thing.

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.

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

Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.

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.

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

Democracy is more vindictive than cabinets, the wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings.

Don't interrupt me while I'm interrupting.

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

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

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

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.

This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial... I thought I knew a good deal about it all, I was sure I should not fail.

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

People stumble over the truth from time to time,
but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

Never, never, never give in!

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

I'm bored with it all.

- Last Words

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

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

Logic, like science, must be the servant and not the master of man.

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

The price of greatness is responsibility.

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.

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

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.

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

Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.

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

War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.

An old battleax of a woman said to Winston Churchill, "If you were my husband I would put poison in your tea." Churchill's response, "Ma'am if you were my wife I would drink 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.

The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law and particularly to deny him the judgement of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.

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

If I had been an Italian I am sure that I should have been whole-heartedly with you from the start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism."

(Speech in Rome on 20 January, 1927, praising Mussolini)

If he trips he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes they must be covered. If he sleeps he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good he must be pole-axed

Well, in war, you can only be killed once. But in politics, many times.

Una nación que intente prosperar subiendo impuestos es como un hombre con los pies en un cubo tratando de levantarse tirando del asa.

Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.

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

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

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

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'.

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.

This is no war of chieftains or of princes, of dynasties or national ambition; it is a war of peoples and of causes. There are vast numbers, not only in this Island but in every land, who will render faithful service in this war, but whose names will never be known, whose deeds will never be recorded. This is a War of the Unknown Warriors

The wars of people will be more terrible than those of kings.

Nations that went down fighting rose again, but those who surrendered tamely were finished.

War will find us whether we are ready or not.

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

History is written by the victors.

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.

How fortunate it was for the world that when these great trials came upon it there was a generation that terror could not conquer and brutal violence could not enslave.

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

The longer you look back, the farther you can look forward.

I like to live in the past. I don't think people are going to get much fun in the future.

My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.

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

Quelli che sono in grado di vincere una guerra possono raramente realizzare una pace conveniente, e quelli che possono realizzare una buona pace non hanno mai vinto una guerra.

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.

Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl - no superior alternative has yet been found.

In the long years to come, not only will the people of this island but of the world, wherever the bird of freedom chirps in human hearts, look back to what we've done, and they will say 'do not despair, do not yield...march straightforward.

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

Non complicate le cose, ci saranno già le cose a complicarsi da sole.

As one's fortunes are reduced, one spirit must expand to fill the void.

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

You 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.

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

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

I know why logs spit. I know what it is to be consumed

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