Quotes by Winston Churchill

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD FRS PC PC (Can) (30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965) was an English statesman and author, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Well-known as an orator, strategist, and politician, Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history. He won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for his many books on English and world history. Sir Winston Churchill was voted the greatest-ever Briton in the 2002 BBC poll the 100 Greatest Britons. more

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

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
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.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.
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 in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
Never, never, never, never give up.
Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
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 no longer strong.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
It's no use saying, We are doing our best. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
In those days he was wiser than he is now -- he used frequently to take my advice.
I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
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.
Responsibility is the price of greatness.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
The empires of the futures are the empires of the mind.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
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.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
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.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.
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.
No crime is so great as daring to excel.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.
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.
It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.
They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.