Winston Churchill Quotes

Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, 1874 – 1965

Born: 30 November 1874, Blenheim, Oxfordshire, England
Died: 24 January 1965, Hyde Park, London, England

Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace near Oxford, internet legends that he was born in a bathroom there are not supported by any evidence. His father Lord Randolph Spencer-Churchill was a duke, his mother Lady Randolph, nee Jennie Jerome, was the American daughter of a New York financier. He graduated from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, served in India and Sudan, and then resigned his commission to cover the Second Boer War as a journalist, during which he was captured and escaped. As first lord of the admiralty he modernized the Royal Navy in preparation for World War I. He was in and out of politics, his forceful opinions didn’t always make him welcome on either side of the aisle. Those opinions did make him a good fit during World War II when he served as Prime Minister. Throughout his life he was an ardent student of history, and wrote several histories, as well as a novel, two biographies, and three volumes of memoirs. Among his honors are a long list of initials, he was the first Honorary Citizen of the United States, and won the 1953 Nobel Prize in literature. His quick wit and clear language make him a favorite of any quotation collector.

Winston Churchill quotes:

A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal.
    Winston Churchill

A communist is like a crocodile: when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up.
    Winston Churchill

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

A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
    Winston Churchill

A joke is a very serious thing.
    Winston Churchill

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

A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.
    Winston Churchill – speech in the House of Commons (29 November 1944)

A man can wear out a particular part of his mind by continually using and tiring it, just in the same way he can wear out the elbows of his coat.
    Winston Churchill

A man must choose his own way of life, and … it is only by following out one’s own bent that there can be the really harmonious life.
    Winston Churchill

A modest little person, with much to be modest about.
    Winston Churchill – regarding Clement Atlee

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
    Winston Churchill

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
    Winston Churchill

All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom; Justice; Honour; Duty; Mercy; Hope.
    Winston Churchill – speech at the Royal Albert Hall (14 May 1947)

All the kingdoms in the future will be the kingdom of mind.
    Winston Churchill

Although always prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it should be postponed.
    Winston Churchill – My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)

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

Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
    Winston Churchill

At every crisis the Kaiser crumpled. In defeat he fled; in revolution he abdicated; in exile he remarried.
    Winston Churchill

Atlee is a very modest man. And with reason.
    Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
    Winston Churchill

Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war.
    Winston Churchill – to Neville Chamberlain in the House of Commons (1938)

Broadly speaking, short words are best, and the old words, when short, are best of all.
    Winston Churchill – acceptance speech for the London Times Literary Award (2 November 1949)

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
    Winston Churchill

Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world.
    Winston Churchill

Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.
    Winston Churchill

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because, as has been said, ‘it is the quality which guarantees all others.’
    Winston Churchill – “Alfonso XIII” in Great Contemporaries (1937)

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
    Winston Churchill

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.
    Winston Churchill

Danger – if you meet it promptly and without flinching – you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
    Winston Churchill

Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey; hardship our garment; constancy and valor our only shield. We must be united, we must be undaunted, we must be inflexible.
    Winston Churchill

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
    Winston Churchill – “Armistice — or Peace?” in The Evening Standard (11 November 1937)

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

Don’t talk to me about Naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.
    Winston Churchill

During their lifetimes, every man and woman will stumble across a great opportunity. Sadly, most of them will simply pick themselves up, dust themselves down and carry on as if nothing ever happened.
    Winston Churchill

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 the glory of the climb.
    Winston Churchill – Painting as a Pastime (1950)

Every morn brought forth a noble chance, and every chance brought forth a noble knight.
    Winston Churchill – speech in the House of Commons (4 June 1940)

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
    Winston Churchill

First there are the Jews who, dwelling in every country throughout the world, identify themselves with that country, enter into its national life and, while adhering faithfully to their own religion, regard themselves as citizens in the fullest sense of the State which has received them. Such a Jew living in England would say, ‘I am an English man practising the Jewish faith.’ This is a worthy conception, and useful in the highest degree. We in Great Britain well know that during the great struggle the influence of what may be called the ‘National Jews’ in many lands was cast preponderatingly on the side of the Allies; and in our own Army Jewish soldiers have played a most distinguished part, some rising to the command of armies, others winning the Victoria Cross for valour.
    Winston Churchill

For my own part I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents. I have always set myself not merely to relish but to deserve thoroughly their censure.
    Winston Churchill – addressing Institute of Journalists Dinner, London (17 November 1906)

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
    Winston Churchill

For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
    Winston Churchill – speech at the Lord Mayor’s banquet at London (9 November 1954)

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

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
    Winston Churchill – “Sinews of Peace” address at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri (5 March 1946)

Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
    Winston Churchill

Golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture.
    Winston Churchill

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

Winston Churchill
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.

Winston Churchill

“Sinews of Peace” address at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri (5 March 1946)
Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

Winston Churchill
Golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture.

Winston Churchill
Hatred plays the same part in government as acid in chemistry.

Winston Churchill

Maxims and Reflections (1949)
He is the only bull who brings his own china shop with him.

Winston Churchill

on Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, quoted by William Manchester in The Last Lion (1983)
He [Sir Stafford Cripps] has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

Winston Churchill
Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime Ministers have never yet been invested.

Winston Churchill

My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill
Hitler is a monster of wickedness, insatiable in his lust for blood and plunder. Not content with having all Europe under his heel, or else terrorized into various forms of abject submission, he must now carry his work of butchery and desolation among the vast multitudes of Russia and of Asia. The terrible military machine, which we and the rest of the civilised world so foolishly, so supinely, so insensately allowed the Nazi gangsters to build up year by year from almost nothing cannot stand idle lest it rust or fall to pieces…. So now this bloodthirsty guttersnipe must launch his mechanized armies upon new fields of slaughter, pillage, and devastation.

Winston Churchill

radio broadcast on the German invasion of Russia (June 1941)
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Winston Churchill
Human beings are of two classes: those whose work is work and whose pleasure is pleasure; and those whose work and pleasure are one.

Winston Churchill
I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.

Winston Churchill
I am a sporting man. I always like to give trains and aeroplanes a fair chance of getting away.

Winston Churchill
I am always willing to learn. I do not, however, always enjoy being taught.

Winston Churchill

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

Winston Churchill
I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Winston Churchill

on the eve of his 75th birthday (29 November 1949)
I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, ‘Verify your quotations.’

Winston Churchill
I began my education at a very early age – in fact, right after I left college

Winston Churchill
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.

Winston Churchill

BBC broadcast from London (1 October 1939)
I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.

Winston Churchill

Painting as a Pastime (1950)
I 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.

Winston Churchill
I decline utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire.

Winston Churchill

“Emergency Services” speech in the House of Commons (7 July 1926)
I do think unpunctuality is a vile habit, and all my life I have tried to break myself of it.

Winston Churchill

My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.

Winston Churchill
I had been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who got drunk — and I would have liked to have the boozing scholars of the Universities wheeled into line and properly chastised for their squalid misuse of what I must ever regard as a gift of the gods.

Winston Churchill

My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
I hate nobody except Hitler — and that is professional.

Winston Churchill
I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.

Winston Churchill
I have always said that if Great Britain were defeated in war I hoped we should find a Hitler to lead us back to our rightful position among the nations. I am sorry, however, that he has not been mellowed by the great success that has attended him. The whole world would rejoice to see the Hitler of peace and tolerance, and nothing would adorn his name in world history so much as acts of magnanimity and of mercy and of pity to the forlorn and friendless, to the weak and poor…. Let this great man search his own heart and conscience before he accuses anyone of being a warmonger.

Winston Churchill

“Mr. Churchill’s Reply” in The Times (7 November 1938)
I have never seen a human being who more perfectly represented the modern conception of a robot.

Winston Churchill

on Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov in The Gathering Storm (1948)

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

Winston Churchill
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

Winston Churchill
I like a man who grins when he fights.

Winston Churchill
I neither want it [brandy] nor need it, but I should think it pretty hazardous to interfere with the ineradicable habit of a lifetime.

Winston Churchill
I now began for the first time to envy those young cubs at the university who had fine scholars to tell them what was what; professors who had devoted their lives to mastering and focusing ideas in every branch of learning; who were eager to distribute the treasures they had gathered before they were overtaken by the night. But now I pity undergraduates, when I see what frivolous lives many of them lead in the midst of precious fleeting opportunity. After all, a man’s Life must be nailed to a cross either of Thought or Action. Without work there is no play.

Winston Churchill

My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.

Winston Churchill

The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War (1898)
I told my doctor I got all the exercise I needed being a pallbearer for all my friends who run and do exercises!

Winston Churchill

(disputed)
I wonder whether any other generation has seen such astounding revolutions of data and values as those through which we have lived. Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent and vital, has lasted. Everything I was sure or taught to be sure was impossible, has happened.

Winston Churchill

My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

Winston Churchill
If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or as it were, 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 if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition.

Winston Churchill

Painting as a Pastime (1950)
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.

Winston Churchill
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.

Winston Churchill
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.

Winston Churchill
If you wanted nothing done at all, [Arthur] Balfour was the man for the job.

Winston Churchill
If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

Winston Churchill

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill
I’m always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

Winston Churchill
In defeat, unbeatable; in victory, unbearable.

Winston Churchill
In our wars the episodes are largely adverse, but the final results have hitherto been satisfactory. Away we dash over the currents that may swirl around us, but the tide bears us forward on its broad, resistless flood.

Winston Churchill

“The Bright Gleam of Victory” speech at Mansion House, London (10 November 1942)
In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used frequently to take my advice.

Winston Churchill
In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.

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

Winston Churchill

on plans for “Operation Bodyguard” – the bogus attack that masked the Normandy invasion (1943)
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

Winston Churchill
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations…. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

Winston Churchill

My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

Winston Churchill

My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

Winston Churchill
It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.

Winston Churchill
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look farther than you can see.

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

Winston Churchill

The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War (1898)
It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

Winston Churchill

It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion’s heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.

Winston Churchill

speech at London’s Westminster Hall on his 80th birthday (30 November 1954)
Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.

Winston Churchill
Lenin was sent into Russia by the Germans in the same way that you might send a phial containing a culture of typhoid or cholera to be poured into the water supply of a great city, and it worked with amazing accuracy.

Winston Churchill

speech in the House of Commons (5 November 1919)
Let me, however, make this clear, in case there should be any mistake about it in any quarter. We mean to hold our own. I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.

Winston Churchill

“The Bright Gleam of Victory” speech at Mansion House, London (10 November 1942)
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

Winston Churchill
Let the children have their night of fun and laughter, let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures.

Winston Churchill
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’

Winston Churchill
Life is a test and this world a place of trial. Always the problems — or it may be the same problem — will be presented to every generation in different forms.

Winston Churchill

speech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (31 March 1949)
Life is a test and this world a place of trial.

Winston Churchill

speech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (31 March 1949)
MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.

Winston Churchill
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 all those others that have been tried from time to time.

Winston Churchill

speech in the House of Commons (11 November 1947)
Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.

Winston Churchill
Men and kings must be judged in the testing moments of their lives. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because, as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.

Winston Churchill

“Alfonso XIII” in Strand (July 1931)
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

Winston Churchill
Most people hate the taste of beer — to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice that many people have been able to overcome.

Winston Churchill

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

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

Winston Churchill
My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.

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

Winston Churchill
My wife and I tried two or three times in the last forty years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.

Winston Churchill
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.

Winston Churchill

speech at Harrow School, Harrow, England (29 October 1941)
Never give up, never, never give up.

Winston Churchill
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

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

Winston Churchill
Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter.

Winston Churchill

A Roving Commission: The Story of My Early Life (1930)
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…. Always remember, however sure you are that you could easily win, that there would not be a war if the other man did not think he also had a chance.

Winston Churchill

My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.

Winston Churchill
No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.

Winston Churchill

My early life, 1874-1904 (1930)
No lover ever studied every whim of his mistress as I did those of President Roosevelt.

Winston Churchill
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.

Winston Churchill

Great Contemporaries (1937)

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

Winston Churchill

The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War (1898)
Nothing is more dangerous in wartime than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll, always feeling one’s pulse and taking one’s temperature.

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

Winston Churchill

“The Bright Gleam of Victory” speech at Mansion House, London (10 November 1942)
Of course, we are all worms – but I like to think, at least, that I am a glowworm.

Winston Churchill
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.

Winston Churchill
Oh no, please stay, the Prime Minister of Great Britain has nothing to hide from the President of the United States.

Winston Churchill

naked and dripping wet from his bath to an embarrased Franklin Roosevelt (1 January 1942), as quoted by Doris Kearns Goodwin at Dartmouth commencement (14 June 1998)
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’.

Winston Churchill

The Second World War, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm (1948)
One may dislike Hitler’s system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.

Winston Churchill

“Hitler and His Choice” in The Strand Magazine (November 1935)
One must regard the hyphen as a blemish to be avoided wherever possible.

Winston Churchill

quoted by William Safire in “Hyphenating Americans” – The New York Times (23 December 1979) and in On Language (1980)
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!

Winston Churchill
Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

Winston Churchill
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.

Winston Churchill
Prime Minister Joseph] Chamberlain loves the working man – he loves to see him work.

Winston Churchill
Saving is a fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.

Winston Churchill
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.

Winston Churchill

Smoking cigars is like falling in love; first you are attracted to its shape; you stay with it for its flavor; and you must always remember never, never let the flame go out.

Winston Churchill
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
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.

Winston Churchill

speech at the Scottish Unionist Conference, Perth, Scotland (28 May 1948)
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Winston Churchill
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot, others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon

Winston Churchill
Sometimes it is not enough to our best; we must do what is required.

Winston Churchill
Soviet Union foreign policy is a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma, and the key is Russian nationalism.

Winston Churchill
Still, it is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in, and to punish with exceptional severity all members of their own race who have warmed their hands at the invaders’ hearth.

Winston Churchill
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

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

Winston Churchill
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.

Winston Churchill
That long [Canadian] frontier from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, guarded only by neighborly respect and honorable obligations, is an example to every country and a pattern for the future of the world.

Winston Churchill
The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.

Winston Churchill
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.

Winston Churchill
The day may dawn when fair play, love for one’s fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.

Winston Churchill

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

Winston Churchill

speech at Harvard University (6 September 1943)
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.

Winston Churchill

“The Locust Years” speech in the House of Commons (12 November 1936)
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

Winston Churchill
The further back I look, the further forward I can see.

Winston Churchill
The Germans have been outmatched and outfought with the very kind of weapons with which they had beaten down so many small peoples, and also large unprepared peoples.

Winston Churchill

“The Bright Gleam of Victory” speech at Mansion House, London (10 November 1942)
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

Winston Churchill
The influence exercised over the human mind by apt analogies is and has always been immense. Whether they translate an established truth into simple language or whether they adventurously aspire to reveal the unknown, they are among the most formidable weapons of the rhetorician.

Winston Churchill

“The Scaffolding of Rhetoric” (1897)
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Winston Churchill
The maxim ‘nothing avails but perfection’ may be spelt shorter: P-A-R-A-L-Y-S-I-S.

Winston Churchill
The maxim of the British people is ‘Business as Usual.’

Winston Churchill
The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

Winston Churchill
The price of greatness is responsibility.

Winston Churchill
The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

Winston Churchill
The reason for having diplomatic relations is not to confer a compliment, but to secure a convenience.

Winston Churchill
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.

Winston Churchill

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