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

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.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.
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.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.
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.
I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile -- hoping it will eat him last.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
I never worry about action, but only inaction.
Short words are the best and old words when short are best of all.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
If I was your wife Sir, I'd poison you! Madam, if you were my wife, I'd let you!
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
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.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.
In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times.
Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.
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
Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
If you are going through hell, keep going.
Once upon a time all the animals in the zoo decided that they would disarm, and they arranged to have a conference to arrange the matter. So the Rhinoceros said when he opened the proceedings that the use of teeth was barbarous and horrible and ought to be strictly prohibited by general consent. Horns, which were mainly defensive weapons, would, of course, have to be allowed. The Buffalo, the Stag, the Porcupine, and even the little Hedgehog all said they would vote with the Rhino, but the Lion and the Tiger took a different view. They defended teeth and even claws, which they described as honourable weapons of immemorial antiquity. The Panther, the Leopard, the Puma, and the whole tribe of small cats all supported the Lion and the Tiger. Then the Bear spoke. He proposed that both teeth and horns should be banned and never used again for fighting by any animal. It would be quite enough if animals were allowed to give each other a good hug when they quarreled. No one could object to that. It was so fraternal, and that would be a great step towards peace. However, all the other animals were very offended with the Bear, and the Turkey fell into a perfect panic. The discussion got so hot and angry, and all those animals began thinking so much about horns and teeth and hugging when they argued about the peaceful intentions that had brought them together that they began to look at one another in a very nasty way. Luckily the keepers were able to calm them down and persuade them to go back quietly to their cages, and they began to feel quite friendly with one another again.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
These are not dark days: these are great days -- the greatest days our country has ever lived.
Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.
No two on earth in all things can agree. All have some daring singularity.
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.
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.
Logic is a poor guide compared with custom.
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. [About Russia]
The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.
There is in the act of preparing, the moment you start caring.
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
The latest refinements of science are linked with the cruelties of the Stone Age.
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
I have never accepted what many people have kindly said-namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it.
There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right.
Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.
I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.
We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
Eating words has never given me indigestion.
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.
If you hadnt entered the World War we would have made peace with Germany early in 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by communism, no break-down in Italy followed by fascism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has enthroned nazi-ism in Germany. In other words, if America had stayed out of the war all of these isms wouldnt today be sweeping the Continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government, and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over 1,000,000 British, French, American, and other lives.
we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give".
He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.
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!
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.

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