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Sir Winston Churchill quotes (97)

A joke is a very serious thing.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Jogging

Responsibility is the price of greatness.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Gravity

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past trying to reconstruct its scenes to revive its echoes and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. What is the worth of all this? The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield however the fate may play we march always in the ranks of honor.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Honor

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Opportunity

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

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Alcohol

It is a socialist ideal that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice is making losses.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Unsorted

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

Odd things: animals. All dogs look up to you. All cats look down to you. Only the pig looks at you as an equal.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Animals

Do not let us speak of darker days let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great daysthe greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed each of us according to our stations to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Shame

Nothing is more dangerous in wartime than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll always feeling ones pulse and taking ones temperature. Dr. George H. Gallup founded his Institute of Public Opinion in England in 1936.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Poll

Although prepared for martyrdom I preferred that it be postponed.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Martyrdom

I had a feeling once about Mathematics that I saw it all. Depth beyond depth was revealed to me the Byss and Abyss. I saw as one might see the transit of Venus or even the Lord Mayors Show a quantity passing through infinity and changing its sign from plus to minus. I saw exactly why it happened and why the tergiversation was inevitable but it was after dinner and I let it go.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Mathematics

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Law

It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Slavery

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Capable

I have never accepted what many people have kindly said namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless and as it proved unconquerable. It fell to me to express it.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Inspiration

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end there it is.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Truth

The farther backwards you can look the farther forward you are likely to see.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: History

I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Cause

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Begin

If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Devil

Without tradition art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Art

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Vice

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

How little can we foresee the consequences either of wise or unwise action of virtue or of malice. Without this measureless and perpetual uncertainty the drama of human life would be destroyed.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Consequences

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Dog

The empires of the future are empires of the mind.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Future

Our inheritance of well-founded slowly conceived codes of honor morals and manners the passionate convictions which so many hundreds of millions share together of the principles of freedom and justice are far more precious to us than anything which scientific discoveries could bestow.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Principle

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Idea

I do not resent criticism even when for the sake of emphasis it parts for the time with reality.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Crisis

MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Speak

When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Kill

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

We have a lot of anxieties and one cancels out another very often.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Anxiety

Eating words has never given me indigestion.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Word

Im bored with it all. Before slipping into a coma. He died 9 days later.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Last

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.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: President

The Americans will always do the right thing ... after theyve exhausted all the alternatives.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Ambition

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.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: War

In those days he was wiser than he is now he used frequently to take my advice.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Advice

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Tyranny

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Ahead

The heights of great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight But they while their companions slept Were toiling upwards in the night.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Accomplishment

Decided only to be undecided resolved to be irresolute adamant for drift solid for fluidity all-powerful to be impotent. Of Stanley Baldwin's policies.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Policy

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Worry

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Fool

It may be that we shall by a process of sublime irony have reached a stage in this story where safety will be the sturdy child of terror and survival the twin brother of annihilation.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Irony

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.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Proof

The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer not even here where we sedulously cultivate it even in its most repulsive form.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Freedom

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain hazardous and conflicting information.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Genius

This report by its very length defends itself against the risk of being read.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Reactionaries

Without victory there is no survival!
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Survival

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Quotations

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Brotherhood

Kites rise highest against the wind; not with it.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Adversity

Laws just or unjust may govern mens actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Oppression

Never never never never give up.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Flattery

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Learn

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Day

Never give up. Never never give up!. We shall go on to the end.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Miracle

I think No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again. I got it from Sumner Welles. To reporters at the Washington airport after conferring with President Truman at the White House February 12 1946
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Sick

In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Defeat

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

If you go on with this nuclear arms race all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Atom

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Change

Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl no superior alternative has yet been found.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Family

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.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Contradict

When I warned [the French] that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did their generals told their prime minister and his divided cabinet In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken. Some chicken; some neck.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Cabinet

Men occasionally stumble over the truth but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Haste

Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: World

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Danger

The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Engineer

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Compromise

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Peace

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Leadership

It is no use saying We are doing our best. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Success

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

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Places

We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries across the oceans across the mountains across the prairies because we are made of sugar candy.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Housework

Nothing is more costly nothing is more sterile than vengeance.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Friendship

These are not dark days: these are great days the greatest days our country has ever lived.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Optimism

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Baby

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Fact

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: God

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Life

If this is a blessing it is certainly very well disguised.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Blessing

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.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Duty

When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life most of which never happened.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Death

I like a man who grins when he fights.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Fight

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.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Defense

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

If you are going through hell keep going.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Hell

A fanatic is one who cant change his mind and wont change the subject.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Fanatic

The power of man has grown in every sphere except over himself.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Power

Any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart and any man over 30 who is not a conservative has no brains.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Heart

We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Affluence