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100 famous Winston Churchill quotes

 

 Winston Churchill (b. November 30, 1874 – d. January 24, 1965) was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in World War II. Often praised as one of the greatest leaders of war of the century, he served as prime minister for two terms (1940-1945) and (1951-1955). Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain in the most critical period of the Second World War. He took office on May 10 when the Germans invaded France. On June 22, Britain was the only power that could oppose Hitler’s expansionist ambitions. Churchill’s speeches helped to maintain the morale of the population and British forces during the Battle of England. Former officer in the British Army, historian, writer and artist, Churchill is one of the most important figures of XXth century history. Winston Churchill is the only British Prime Minister who received the Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) and was the first person who has received the title of Honorary citizen of the United States. Here are the 100 best quotes from Winston Churchill:

 1Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”Winston Churchill Quotes2 “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

3 “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”Winston Churchill Quotes 24 “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

5 “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”Winston Churchill Quotes 4
6 “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”Winston Churchill Quotes 37 “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

8 “Never, never, never give up.”

9 “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.”

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

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

12 “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”

13 “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 Quotes 514 “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

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

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

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

18 “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

19 “It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

20 “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”Winston Churchill Quotes 621 “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

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

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

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

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

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

27 “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”Winston Churchill Quotes28 “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”

29 “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.”

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

31 “What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?”

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

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

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

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

36 “Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.”

37A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

38 “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

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

40 “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.”Winston Churchill Quotes41 “No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.”

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

43 “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.”

44 “No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.”

45 “Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.”

46 “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.”Winston Churchill Quotes47 “I never worry about action, but only inaction.”

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

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

50 “In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.”

51 “I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.”

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

53 “We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.”

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

55 “Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.”

56 “It is a fine game to play – the game of politics – and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging.”

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

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

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

60 “Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.”Winston Churchill quotes61 “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.”

62 “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”

63 “Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.”

64 “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!”

65 “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.”

66 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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

73 “No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.”

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

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

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

77 “I am easily satisfied with the very best.”

78 “Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.”

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

80 “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.”Winston Churchill Quotes81 “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.”

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

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

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

85 “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.”

86 “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”Winston Churchill Quotes87 “There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.”

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

89 “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”

90 “The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.”

91 “When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.”

92 “History is written by the victors.”

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

94 “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

95 “These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived.”

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

97 “The first quality that is needed is audacity.”

98 “For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.”

99 “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.”

100 “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.”

 

 

 

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