December 1, 2016

Winston Churchill Quotes

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

“A joke is a very serious thing.”

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

“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.”

“A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.”

“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.”

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”

“Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.”

“Always remember, that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”

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

“And you, madam, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning.”

“Any 20 year-old who isn’t a liberal doesn’t have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn’t a conservative doesn’t have a brain.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham.”

“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”

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

“By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.”

“Civilisation will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.”

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

“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.”

“Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey; hardship our garment; constancy and valor our only shield.”

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

“Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.”

“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us rather speak of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days—the 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.”

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

“Eating words has never given me indigestion.”

“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

“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.”

“Every morn brought forth a noble chance, and every chance brought forth a noble knight.”

“Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.”

“Experts should be on tap but never on top.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”

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

“Great and good are seldom the same man.”

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

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”

“I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.”

“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”

“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.”

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

“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.”

“I decline utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire.”

“I do think unpunctuality is a vile habit, and all my life I have tried to break myself of it.”

“I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”

“I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”

“I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.”

“I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.”

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

“I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”

“I like a man who grins when he fights.”

“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 inaction.”

“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.”

“If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”

“If I was your wife Sir, I’d poison you! Madam, if you were my wife, I’d let you!”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.”

“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.”

“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

“I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.”

“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.”

“In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.”

“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.”

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

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

“India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.”

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

“It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.”

“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.”

“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”

“It is alarming and also nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer of the type well-known in the East, now posing as a fakir, striding half naked up the steps of the Viceregal palace to parley on equal terms with the representative of the King-Emperor.”

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.”

“It is hard, if not impossible, to snub a beautiful woman – they remain beautiful and the snub recoils.”

“It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.”

“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

“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.”

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

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.”

“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 other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

“Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.”

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

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

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”

“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.”

“My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.”

“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.”

“Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never. Never – in anything great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

“Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.”

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

“Never, never, never give up.”

“No comment” is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.”

“No crime is so great as daring to excel.”

“No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.”

“No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.”

“No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.”

“No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.”

“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.”

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

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

“Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.”

“One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.”

“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!”

“Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.”

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

“Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game.”

“Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.”

“Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.”

“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.”

“Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church would suit me better.”

“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

“Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.”

“Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.”

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.”

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

“Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.”

“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.”

“Some people’s idea of is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”

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

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

“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.”

“Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.”

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

“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.”

“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 human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye.”

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

“The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.”

“The monarchy is so extraordinarily useful. When Britain wins a battle she shouts, God save the Queen; when she loses, she votes down the prime minister.”

“The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.”

“The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.”

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

“There is less there than meets the eye.”

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

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

“True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.”

“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 know that he [Ramsay MacDonald] has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest number of words into the into the smallest amount of thought.”

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

“We must be very careful not to assign to this deliverance [Dunkirk] the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations.”

“We must have a better word than ‘prefabricated’. Why not ‘ready-made’?”

“We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

“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.”

“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”

“Well, dinner would have been splendid if the wine had been as cold as the soup, the beef as rare as the service, the brandy as old as the fish, and the maid as willing as the Duchess.”

“What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin.”

“When I look back on all these worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”

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

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

“Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech.”

“Will the shutting out of foreign goods increase the total amount of wealth in this country? Can foreign nations grow rich at our expense by selling us goods under cost price? Can a people tax themselves into prosperity? Can a man stand in a bucket and lift himself up by the handle?”

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”

“You may try to destroy all the wealth and find that all you have done is increase poverty.”