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Winston Churchill quotes (169)

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
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A joke is a very serious thing.
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A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
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A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
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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.
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A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
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All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
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Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
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Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
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An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
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Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham.
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Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
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Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.
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Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
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Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
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Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
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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.
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Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
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Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.
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Eating words has never given me indigestion.
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Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
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Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
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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.
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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.
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From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
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Great and good are seldom the same man.
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He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
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Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
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History is written by the victors.
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History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
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I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.
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I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
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I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
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I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
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I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
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I am easily satisfied with the very best.
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I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
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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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I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
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I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
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I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.
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I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
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I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
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I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
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I like a man who grins when he fights.
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I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
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I never worry about action, but only inaction.
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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.
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I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.
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If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
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If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
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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.
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If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
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If you are going through hell, keep going.
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If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
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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.
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If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
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If you're going through hell, keep going.
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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.
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In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.
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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.
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In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.
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In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
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India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.
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It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
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It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
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