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Winston Churchill Quotes


British politician who, as prime minister, led the country from the brink of defeat to ultimate victory during World War II.
(1874 - 1965)

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[He] looks at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe.
 

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

A joke is a very serious thing.
[Humor]
 

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

A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.
 

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
 

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

A politician needs 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.
 

A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
 

A woman once drove me to drink, and I never had the decency to thank her.
 

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
[Simplicity]
 

Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
 

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
 

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
[Hypocrisy]
 

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
[Attitude]
 

Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham.
 

Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
 

Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.
 

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
 

But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age.... Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say, This was their finest hour.
 


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