Winston Churchill Quotations

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

-When you are going through hell, keep going.

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

-This is one of those cases where the imagination is baffled by the facts.

-In War: Resolution; In Defeat: Defiance; In Victory: Magnanimity; In Peace: Good Will.

-When I warned them [France] that Britain would fight on alone, their Chief [General Weygand] told their Prime Minister that in three weeks, England would have her neck wrung like a chicken – Some chicken! Some neck!

-Were Hitler to invade Hell, I would find occasion to make a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.

-Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

-Many men stumble across the truth, but most manage to pick themselves up and continue as if nothing had happened.

-We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, 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.

-To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which could be his finest hour.

-Things do not get better by being left alone.

-Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never….

-The empires of the future are empires of the mind.

-Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.

-There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away.

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

-For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

-The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.

-Saving is a fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.

-All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

-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.

-It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.

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

-Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

-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.

-Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

-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.

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

-Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.

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

-When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

-I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire…Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

-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.
Winston Churchill