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we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give".

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last.
Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.
When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.
We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
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.
Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
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, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Gods good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
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.
There must be what Mr. Gladstone many years ago called a blessed act of oblivion. We must all turn our backs upon the horrors of the past. We must look to the future. We cannot afford to drag forward across the years that are to come the hatreds and revenges which have sprung from the injuries of the past.
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
In War: ResolutionIn Defeat: DefianceIn Victory: MagnanimityIn Peace: Good Will
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.
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.
I do not hold that we should rearm in order to fight. I hold that we should rearm in order to parley.
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.
The late M. Venizelos observed that in all her wars Englandhe should have said Britain, of coursealways wins one battlethe last.
What we say is important... for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
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.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Sleep is a reward for some, a punishment for others. For all, it is a sanction.
Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
The latest refinements of science are linked with the cruelties of the Stone Age.
Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.
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 are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
Politicians have 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.
Never, never, never, never give up.
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
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.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. [About Russia]
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.

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