Quotation Explorer - 'Winston S. Churchill'

Churchill kept perspective on the crowds that gathered to hear him speak by conceding they would be twice as big if gathered to see him hanged. - Winston S. Churchill
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. - Winston S. Churchill
Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong - these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history. - Winston S. Churchill
In every age there comes a time when a leader must come forward to meet the needs of the hour. Therefore, there is no potential leader who does not have the opportunity to make a positive difference in society. - Winston S. Churchill
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston S. Churchill
nothing would be more fatal than for the Government of States to get in the hands of experts. Expert knowledge is limited knowledge, and the unlimited ignorance of the plain man who knows where it hurts is a safer guide than any rigorous direction of a specialized character. - Winston S. Churchill
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. - Winston S. Churchill
Well, in war, you can only be killed once. But in politics, many times. - Winston S. Churchill
It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. - Winston S. Churchill
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. - Winston S. Churchill
In the long years to come, not only will the people of this island but of the world, wherever the bird of freedom chirps in human hearts, look back to what we've done, and they will say 'do not despair, do not yield...march straightforward. - Winston S. Churchill
If I had been an Italian I am sure that I should have been whole-heartedly with you from the start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism."(Speech in Rome on 20 January, 1927, praising Mussolini) - Winston S. Churchill
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 S. Churchill
Of this I am certain, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future. - Winston S. Churchill
This paper, by its very length, defends itself from ever being read. - Winston S. Churchill
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. - Winston S. Churchill
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. - Winston S. Churchill
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me - Winston S. Churchill
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. - Winston S. Churchill
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. - Winston S. Churchill
How fortunate it was for the world that when these great trials came upon it there was a generation that terror could not conquer and brutal violence could not enslave. - Winston S. Churchill
It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required. - Winston S. Churchill
It's no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. - Winston S. Churchill
Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. - Winston S. Churchill
The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law and particularly to deny him the judgement of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist. - Winston S. Churchill
it is the people who control the Government, not the Government the people. - Winston S. Churchill
If he trips he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes they must be covered. If he sleeps he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good he must be pole-axed - Winston S. Churchill
My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best. - Winston S. Churchill
All of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind. - Winston S. Churchill
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public. - Winston S. Churchill
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. - Winston S. Churchill
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. - Winston S. Churchill
I should have liked to be asked to say what I knew. They always tried to ask what I did not know. When I would have willingly displayed my knowledge, they sought to expose my ignorance. This sort of treatment had only one result: I did not do well in examinations - Winston S. Churchill
The wars of people will be more terrible than those of kings. - Winston S. Churchill
I 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. - Winston S. Churchill
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. - Winston S. Churchill
Good and great are seldom in the same man. - Winston S. Churchill
Don't interrupt me while I'm interrupting. - Winston S. Churchill
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. - Winston S. Churchill
...anger is a waste of energy. Steam which is used to blow off a safety valve would be better used to drive an engine. - Winston S. Churchill
When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone. - Winston S. Churchill
This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning. - Winston S. Churchill
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. - Winston S. Churchill
One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'. - Winston S. Churchill
A joke is a very serious thing. - Winston S. Churchill
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. - Winston S. Churchill
Logic, like science, must be the servant and not the master of man. - Winston S. Churchill
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. - Winston S. Churchill
Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others. - Winston S. Churchill
As one's fortunes are reduced, one spirit must expand to fill the void. - Winston S. Churchill
Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us. - Winston S. 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. - Winston S. Churchill
You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is 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. - Winston S. Churchill
Democracy is more vindictive than cabinets, the wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings. - Winston S. Churchill
The most frightful of all spectacles is the strength of the civilization without its mercy. - Winston S. Churchill
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. - Winston S. Churchill
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. - Winston S. Churchill
When eagles are silent, parrots begin to chatter. - Winston S. Churchill
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 glory of the climb. - Winston S. Churchill
Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. - Winston S. Churchill
My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked. - Winston S. Churchill
If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. - Winston S. Churchill
Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without vicory there is no survival. - Winston S. Churchill
The price of greatness is responsibility. - Winston S. Churchill
If you are going to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. - Winston S. Churchill
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston S. Churchill
There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained. - Winston S. Churchill
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. - Winston S. Churchill
Never, never, never give in! - Winston S. Churchill
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. - Winston S. Churchill
I know why logs spit. I know what it is to be consumed - Winston S. Churchill
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 S. Churchill
Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal. - Winston S. Churchill
when you're going through hell, keep going. - Winston S. Churchill
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston S. Churchill
For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use to be anything else. - Winston S. Churchill
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber. - Winston S. Churchill
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often. - Winston S. Churchill
People stumble over the truth from time to time,but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. - Winston S. Churchill
If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground. - Winston S. Churchill
I'm bored with it all. - Last Words - Winston S. Churchill
A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. - Winston S. Churchill
If you are going through hell, keep going. - Winston S. Churchill
Writing a long and substantial book is like having a friend and companion at your side, to whom you can always turn for comfort and amusement, and whose society becomes more attractive as a new and widening field of interest is lighted in the mind. - Winston S. Churchill
Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl - no superior alternative has yet been found. - Winston S. Churchill
An old battleax of a woman said to Winston Churchill, "If you were my husband I would put poison in your tea." Churchill's response, "Ma'am if you were my wife I would drink it. - Winston S. Churchill
A change is as good as a rest. - Winston S. Churchill
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. - Winston S. Churchill
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston S. Churchill
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce. - Winston S. Churchill
You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. - Winston S. Churchill
Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. - Winston S. Churchill
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. - Winston S. Churchill
If you're going through hell, keep going. - Winston S. Churchill
The longer you look back, the farther you can look forward. - Winston S. Churchill
During their lifetimes, every man and woman will stumble across a great opportunity. Sadly, most of them will simply pick themselves up, dust themselves down and carry on as if nothing ever happened. - Winston S. Churchill
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. - Winston S. Churchill
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. - Winston S. Churchill
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. - Winston S. Churchill
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