Winston Churchill Quotes

Best Winston Churchill Quotes
Best Winston Churchill Quotes

Winston Churchill was an inspirational statesman, writer, orator and leader who led Britain to victory in the Second World War. He served as Conservative Prime Minister twice – from 1940 to 1945 (before being defeated in the 1945 general election by the Labour leader Clement Attlee) and from 1951 to 1955. There are a range of Winston Churchill Quotes which thousands of people admire  and follow.

Winston Churchill was born on 30 November 1874, in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire and was of rich, aristocratic ancestry. Although achieving poor grades at school, his early fascination with militarism saw him join the Royal Cavalry in 1895. As a soldier and part-time journalist, Churchill traveled widely, including trips to Cuba, Afghanistan, Egypt and South Africa.

Churchill was elected as Conservative MP for Oldham in 1900, before defecting to the Liberal Party in 1904 and spending the next decade as climbing the ranks of the Liberal government. He was First Lord of the Admiralty (the civil/political head of the Royal Navy) at the time of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, which he created. Heavily criticized for this error, he resigned from this position and traveled to the Western Front to fight himself.

Churchill, who also adopted the self-created position of Minister for defense, was active both in administrative and diplomatic functions in prosecuting the British war effort. Some of his most memorable speeches were given in this period, and are credited with stimulating British morale during periods of great hardship. However, Labour leader Clement Attlee’s unexpected General Election victory in 1945 saw Churchill out of office and once again concentrating on public speaking. In his 1946 speech in the USA, the instinctive pro-American famously declared that “an iron curtain has descended across the Continent”, and warned of the continued danger from a powerful Soviet Russia.

Best Winston Churchill Quotes

Winston Churchill Quotes Success
Winston Churchill Quotes Success
  1. I like pigs. Cats look down on you; dogs look up to you, but pigs treat you as an equal.
  2. We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.
  3. History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days
  4. It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
  5. 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.
  6. For myself, I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
  7. Now we have ‘adequacy.’ What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all. It is simply what His Majesty’s Ministers at any given moment, surveying what they have got, choose to say is adequate.
  8. Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
  9. It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
  10. 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.
  11. It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
  12. There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”
  13. To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
  14. To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.
  15. The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
  16. The price of greatness is responsibility.
  17. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
  18. Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
  19. 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.
  20. Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

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Famous Winston Churchill Quotes

Winston Churchill Quotes Never Give Up
Winston Churchill Quotes Never Give Up
  1. Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
  2. Broadly speaking short words are best and the old words when short, are best of all.
  3. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.
  4. 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.
  5. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
  6. Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.
  7. Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.
  8. If you’re going through hell, keep going.
  9. Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.
  10. Have you enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
  11. Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn’t happen.
  12. Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy than an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then it becomes a tyrant and, in the last stage, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
  13. 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.
  14. If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.
  15. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.
  16. We shape our dwellings, and afterward, our dwellings shape us
  17. We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
  18. What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.
  19. There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life and war, has it exceptions.
  20. There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.
  21. 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.
  22. Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.
  23. It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.
  24. The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of engineers.
  25. In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.
  26. All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
  27. This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
  28. The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
  29. All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.
  30. The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that when nations are strong they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are often no longer strong.
  31. I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
  32. If we open a quarrel between the past and the present we shall find that we have lost the future.
  33. It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
  34. It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required
  35. Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

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