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Winston Churchill

1874-1965 ,  British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953
Winston ChurchillBritish statesman, orator, and author who as prime minister (1940–45, 1951–55) rallied the British people during World War II and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory.

Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a non-academic historian, and a writer (as Winston S. Churchill). He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his overall, lifetime body of work.

Churchill is widely regarded as being among the most influential people in British history. He is considered the Greatest Briton of all time (2002 poll).

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I’m bored with it all.

his last words


Mediterranean is the soft underbelly of Europe.

referring to Italy, basically, in discussions with Stalin


Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together-- what do you get? The sum of their fears.


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


The Times is speechless, and takes three columns to express its speechlessness.


A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.


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


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

on Soviet communism and the Cold War, in a speech at Fulton, Missouri, in 1946


All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.


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


All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.


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


Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.


Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat.

referring to the victory over the Germans at the Second Battle of El Alamein in Egypt, in 1942


Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war.

to Neville Chamberlain after the Munich accords, 1938


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


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


By its sudden collapse, … the proud German army has once again proved the truth of the saying, “The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet”.


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


Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.


Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.


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


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


Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.


Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.


Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.


Eating words has never given me indigestion.


Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.


Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.


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


Good and great are seldom in the same man.


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

on British Labour politician Stafford Cripps


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


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


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


I hate nobody except Hitler--and that is professional.


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


I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.


I never worry about action, but only about inaction.


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


If you make 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law.


If you’re going through hell, keep going.


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


In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.


India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the equator.


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


It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.


It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.


It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.


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.


Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.


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

on the new Prime Minister Clement Attlee,1946


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


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


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

about the pilots in the Battle of Britain, 1940


Never let a good crisis go to waste.


No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.


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


Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.


Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.


Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.


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


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


Politics is 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.


Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.


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.


Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.


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


Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.


Diplomacy is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.


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


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.


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


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.


The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.


The maxim “Nothing avails but perfection” may be spelt shorter: “Paralysis.”


The price of greatness is responsibility.


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


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


The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that when nations are strong they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are often no longer strong.


There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.


This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never!


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.


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


To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.


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.


We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.


We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes.


We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest number of words into the smallest amount of thought.

on Ramsay MacDonald, he first Labour Party Prime Minister


We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.


We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.


We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall f


We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.


When I hear a man say that his childhood was the happiest time of his life, I think (puff) my friend, you have had a pretty poor life.


When I was younger I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.


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


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


When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.


Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy then an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then it becomes a tyrant.


You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.


You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.


You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.


We 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.












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