Churchill Quotes

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on November 30, 1874. The grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, was a famous British politician, greatest wartime leaders, orator and stateman. Churchill was also the only Prime Minister to received a Nobel Prize in Literature and made honorary citizen of the United States.

Winston Churchill gained world fame not just as a great prime minister but also for being a war correspondent and writer. His writing prowess is evident in his many books and notable quotes. The following are just some of Sir Winston Churchill Quotes

Quotes by Winston Churchill

“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

 

“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”

 

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

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

 

 “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

“In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity.”

  “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”

 


“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”

 

 “When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.”

 “We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

 

“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”

 

  “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.”

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

 

  “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

  “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”

 “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”

 “Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.”

“The Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.”

 

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.”

 

 “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”

 

 “Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.”

  “The Germans have received back again that measure of fire and steel which they have so often meted out to others. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

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

“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”

 “What kind of a people do they (Japan) think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?”

 

“I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

 

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

 

 “Victory—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.”

 Winston Churchil Quotes Never Give Up

 “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.”

 

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

 “This was their finest hour!’”

  “Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

  “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed 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.”

Quotes Winston Churchill

 “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

 “There is no such thing as a good tax.”

 “Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.”

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

 “The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.”

 “From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.”

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

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

 

“Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.”

“If you are going to go through hell, keep going.”

 

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

 “If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”

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

 “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

 “A sheep in sheep’s clothing.”

 “A modest man, who has much to be modest about.”

 “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

 “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

 “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

 “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

 “Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”

 “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”

 “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”

 “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

 “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

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

 “Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.”

“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.”

 “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.”

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