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Famous Winston Churchill Quotations

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"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."
by Winston Churchill
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself."
by Sir 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."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result."
by Winston Churchill
"To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."
by Winston Churchill
"Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"I like a man who grins when he fights."
by Winston Churchill
"I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"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."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
by Sir 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."
by Sir 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."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"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."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill- designed for the purpose."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right."
by Winston Churchill
"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"I am easily satisfied with the very best."
by Winston Churchill
"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else."
by Winston Churchill
"Eating words has never given me indigestion."
by Winston Churchill
"Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old."
by Winston Churchill
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
by 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."
by Winston Churchill
"Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality."
by Winston Churchill
"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."
by Winston Churchill
"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."
by Winston Churchill
"Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization."
by Winston Churchill
"It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive."
by Winston Churchill
"I never worry about action, but only inaction."
by Winston Churchill
"I have never developed indigestion from eating my words."
by Winston Churchill
"The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult."
by Winston Churchill
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
by Winston Churchill
"The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground."
by Winston Churchill
"Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."
by Winston Churchill
"There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion."
by Winston Churchill
"There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true."
by Winston Churchill
"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."
by Winston Churchill
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks."
by Winston Churchill
"When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber."
by Winston Churchill
"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."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."
by Winston Churchill
"This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read."
by Winston Churchill
"Great and good are seldom the same man."
by Winston Churchill
"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information."
by Winston Churchill
"My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me."
by Winston Churchill
"Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it."
by Winston Churchill
"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on."
by Winston Churchill
"Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent."
by Winston Churchill
"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
by Winston Churchill
"'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again."
by Winston Churchill
"'Mr. Churchill, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea!' 'And if you were my wife, I would drink it!'"
by Winston Churchill and ?
".... You ask, What is our policy? I will say; 'It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.' You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory - 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."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"[On recognizing China] But if you recognize anyone it does not mean you like them. For instance, we all recognize the right honourable gentleman the member for Ebbw Vale."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"[He] looks at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"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."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser 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."
by Sir 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."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"A man is about as big as the things that make him angry"
by Winston Churchill
"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."
by Winston Churchill
"A modest little person, with much to be modest about."
by Winston Churchill
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty"
by Winston Churchill
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

by Winston Churchill
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
by Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill
"A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him."
by Winston Churchill
"After a heated argument on some trivial matter Nancy Astor . shouted, If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee Whereupon Winston Churchill answered, And if I were your husband I would drink it."
by John Fellows Akers
"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
by Sir Winston Churchill
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
by Winston Churchill
"Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement."
by Winston Churchill


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