Winston Churchill Quotes

- Notable Winston Churchill Quotes Index -

Born: November 30, 1874, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Birth Country: UK
Died: Hyde Park Gate, London, England, UK, January 24, 1965
Occupation: Prime minister United Kingdom

1.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
- Winston Churchill

2.
A joke is a very serious thing.
- Winston Churchill

3.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
- Winston Churchill

4.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
- Winston Churchill

5.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

6.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
- Winston Churchill

7.
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
- Winston Churchill

8.
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
- Winston Churchill

9.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
- Winston Churchill

10.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

11.
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.
- Winston Churchill

12.
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.
- Winston Churchill

13.
Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

14.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
- Winston Churchill

15.
History is written by the victors.
- Winston Churchill

16.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

17.
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.
- Winston Churchill

18.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
- Winston Churchill

19.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill

20.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
- Winston Churchill

21.
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
- Winston Churchill

22.
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.
- Winston Churchill

23.
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- Winston Churchill

24.
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
- Winston Churchill

25.
If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

26.
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.
- Winston Churchill

27.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
- Winston Churchill

28.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill

29.
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.
- Winston Churchill

30.
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.
- Winston Churchill

31.
In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.
- Winston Churchill

32.
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
- Winston Churchill

33.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
- Winston Churchill

34.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
- Winston Churchill

35.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
- Winston Churchill

36.
It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.
- Winston Churchill

37.
It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

38.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

39.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
- Winston Churchill

40.
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.
- Winston Churchill

41.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Winston Churchill

42.
No crime is so great as daring to excel.
- Winston Churchill

43.
No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

44.
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.
- Winston Churchill

45.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
- Winston Churchill

46.
One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.
- Winston Churchill

47.
Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.
- Winston Churchill

48.
Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
- Winston Churchill

49.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
- Winston Churchill

50.
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.
- Winston Churchill

51.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
- Winston Churchill

52.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
- Winston Churchill

53.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
- Winston Churchill

54.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
- Winston Churchill

55.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

56.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill

57.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

58.
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.
- Winston Churchill

59.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
- Winston Churchill

60.
The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.
- Winston Churchill

61.
The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.
- Winston Churchill

62.
The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
- Winston Churchill

63.
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.
- Winston Churchill

64.
The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.
- Winston Churchill

65.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
- Winston Churchill

66.
There is no such thing as a good tax.
- Winston Churchill

67.
These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.
- Winston Churchill

68.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.
- Winston Churchill

69.
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.
- Winston Churchill

70.
To improve is to change to be perfect is to change often.
- Winston Churchill

71.
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
- Winston Churchill

72.
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
- Winston Churchill

73.
We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.
- Winston Churchill

74.
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
- Winston Churchill

75.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill

76.
We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

77.
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.
- Winston Churchill

78.
We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us.
- Winston Churchill

79.
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.
- Winston Churchill

80.
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.
- Winston Churchill

81.
When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
- Winston Churchill

82.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
- Winston Churchill

83.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

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