Best quotes by the British Politician Sir Winston Churchill

Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
  • Success

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
  • Bravery

If you are going through hell, keep going.
  • Running



Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
  • Learning

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
  • Bravery

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

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last.
  • Compromise

If I was your wife Sir, I'd poison you! Madam, if you were my wife, I'd let you!
  • Marriage

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
  • Opportunity

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

The price of greatness is responsibility.
  • Greatness

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
  • AlcoholAlcoholism

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

He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
  • Humility

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.
  • Knowledge

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

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
  • Risk

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.
  • Animals

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
  • Mercy

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

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
  • America

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
  • Life

No two on earth in all things can agree. All have some daring singularity.
  • Agreement

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
  • Bravery

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

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  • Success

In those days he was wiser than he is now -- he used frequently to take my advice.
  • Advice

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

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
  • Difficulty


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Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
  • Politics

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.
  • Politics

In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times.
  • Politics

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.
  • Politics

Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
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Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.
  • Communism

I will not pretend that if I had to choose between communism and Nazism I would choose communism.
  • Communism

The substance of the eminent Socialist gentlemen's speech is that making a profit is a sin. It is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss!
  • Communism

Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.
  • Communism

It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.
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Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
  • Success

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  • Success

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

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
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Say what you have to say and first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending; sit down.
  • Speeches

Haven't you learned yet that I put something more than whisky into my speeches.
  • Speeches

Opening amenities are often opening inanities.
  • Speeches

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use the pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time; a tremendous whack.
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
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Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  • Success

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

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
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Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
  • Fame

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
  • Mistakes

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
  • DeceptionLying

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



There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
  • Opinion

Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
  • Politics

No crime is so great as daring to excel.
  • Risk

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

I never worry about action, but only inaction.
  • Actions

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

The English never draw a line without blurring it.
  • Compromise

Say what you have to say and first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending; sit down.
  • Speeches

Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.

It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.
  • Charity

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
  • Optimism

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.
  • Politics

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

Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
  • Bravery

Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.
  • Bravery

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
  • Change

It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
  • Effort

We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.
  • Home

I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.
  • Leadership

It is all right to rat, but you can't re-rat.
  • Loyalty

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

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

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
  • Worry

It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter
  • Fear

Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.
  • Simplicity

Haven't you learned yet that I put something more than whisky into my speeches.
  • Speeches

Short words are the best and old words when short are best of all.
  • Words

I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
  • Words

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

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

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

Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.
  • Communism

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
  • Faith

There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.
  • Nation

When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.
  • Silence

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

Eating words has never given me indigestion.
  • Words

For myself I am an optimistit does not seem to be much use being anything else.

We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
  • Age

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

Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.
  • Danger

From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
  • Grammar

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
  • Idealism

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
  • Persistence

In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times.
  • Politics

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

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
  • Thought

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
  • Truth

Nothing will bring American sympathy along with us so much as American blood shed in the field.

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, neverin nothing, great or small, large or pettynever give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.
  • Attitude

This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
  • Authors

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
  • Children

I will not pretend that if I had to choose between communism and Nazism I would choose communism.
  • Communism

The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
  • Dogs

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
  • Humanity

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
  • Leadership

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

These are not dark days: these are great days -- the greatest days our country has ever lived.
  • Optimism

There is in the act of preparing, the moment you start caring.
  • Planning

I am easily satisfied with the very best.
  • Satisfaction

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.
  • War

If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.

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.

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
  • Art

No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
  • Communication

The substance of the eminent Socialist gentlemen's speech is that making a profit is a sin. It is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss!
  • Communism

Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.
  • Communism

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
  • Criticism

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

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.
  • History

The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.
  • Nation

I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.
  • Planning

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
  • Power

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

Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.
  • Purpose

Responsibility is the price of greatness.
  • Responsibility

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

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

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
  • Success

We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
  • Wealth

I have not become the Kings First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.

The eagle has ceased to scream, but the parrots will now begin to chatter. The war of the giants is over and the pigmies will now start to squabble.

I am a child of the House of Commons. I was brought up in my fathers house to believe in democracy. Trust the peoplethat was his message.

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.
  • Character

It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.
  • Communism

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.
  • Contradiction

At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man walking into the little booth with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. No amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point.
  • Democracy

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

Well, dinner would have been splendid
  • Humor

The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.
  • Military

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. About Russia
  • Nation

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

Opening amenities are often opening inanities.
  • Speeches

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.
  • Victory

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.
  • War

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 gongthese are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.

The gift of a common tongue is a priceless inheritance and it may well some day become the foundation of a common citizenship.

This is the sort of pedantry up with which I will not put.

The late M. Venizelos observed that in all her wars Englandhe should have said Britain, of coursealways wins one battlethe last.

It is not given to us to peer into the mysteries of the future. Still, I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American peoples will for their own safety and for the good of all walk together side by side in majesty, in justice, and in peace.

Today is Trinity Sunday. Centuries ago words were written to be a call and a spur to the faithful servants of Truth and Justice: Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be.

I do not hold that we should rearm in order to fight. I hold that we should rearm in order to parley.

I am most anxious that in dealing with matters which every Member knows are extremely delicate matters, I should not use any phrase or expression which would cause offence to our friends and Allies on the Continent or across the Atlantic Ocean.

We must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.

A shadow has fallen upon the scenes so lately lighted by the Allied victory. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.

Twenty to twenty-five! These are the years! Dont be content with things as they are. Dont take No for an answer. Never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off with mere personal success or acceptance. You will 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. She was made to be wooed and won by youth. She has lived and thrived only by repeated subjugations.

We have all seen with a sense of nausea the abject, squalid, shameless avowal made in the Oxford Union. We are told that we ought not to treat it seriously. The Times talked of the childrens hour. I disagree. It is a very disquieting and disgusting symptom. One can almost feel the curl of contempt upon the lips of the manhood of Germany, Italy, and France when they read the message sent out by Oxford University in the name of Young England. Let them be assured that it is not the last word. But before they blame, as blame they should, these callow ill-tutored youths, they must be sure that they have not been set a bad example by people much older and much higher up.

When I warned them the French that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken. Some chicken! Some neck!

Thus, by every device from the stick to the carrot, the emaciated Austrian donkey is made to pull the Nazi barrow up an ever-steepening hill.

There is a hush over all Europe, nay, over all the world. Alas! it is the hush of suspense, and in many lands it is the hush of fear. Listen! No, listen carefully, I think I hear somethingyes, there it was quite clear. Dont you hear it? It is the tramp of armies crunching the gravel of the paradegrounds, splashing through rain-soaked fields, the tramp of two million German soldiers and more than a million Italiansgoing on maneuversyes, only on maneuvers!

The Chinese said of themselves several thousand years ago: China is a sea that salts all the waters that flow into it. Theres another Chinese saying about their country which is much more modernit dates only from the fourth century. This is the saying: The tail of China is large and will not be wagged. I like that one. The British democracy approves the principles of movable party heads and unwaggable national tails. It is due to the working of these important forces that I have the honour to be addressing you at this moment.

In War: ResolutionIn Defeat: DefianceIn Victory: MagnanimityIn Peace: Good Will

I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. 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.

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.


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