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Winston Churchill Quotes

Updated on March 2, 2014

Who was Winston Churchill?

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born in 1874 in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England. He was well known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during WWII, and widely regarded as a great wartime leader. He was a British politician and statesman, and the first person created an honorary citizen of the United States. Winston Churchill is currently the only British prime minister to ever receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Churchill's parents led busy social lives and traveled extensively, leaving Winston in the care of a nanny for much of his childhood years. Never an excellent student, and a bit of a troublemaker, Churchill was sent off to boarding school at the age of eight. Churchill was accepted to the Harrow school at the age of twelve, then to the Royal Military College where he graduated near the top of his class.

In 1953 Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values". Winston Churchill died January 24, 1965.

Words to Live By

~ The price of greatness is responsibility. ~

~ We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. ~

~ It is better to do the wrong thing than to do nothing. ~

~ Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~

~ There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies. ~

~ All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. ~

~ It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see. ~

~ By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.~

~ If you are going through hell, keep going. ~

~ When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone. ~

~ You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. ~

~ There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. ~

~ It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. ~

~ There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true. ~

~ Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old. ~

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

Family Guy ~ Stewie Meets Winston Churchill.

Quotes on Courage

~ Without courage all virtues lose their meaning. ~

~ Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. ~

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

~ 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 the others. ~

~ Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.~

Churchill ~ Never Give In ~

Quotes on War & Politics

~ War is a catalog of blunders. ~

~ Wars are not won by evacuations. ~

~ A medal glitters but it also casts a shadow. ~

~ We have sustained a defeat without a war. ~

~ The shadow of victory is disillusion. ~

~ Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business. ~

~ Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result. ~

~ In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times. ~

~ When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite. ~

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

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

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

~ Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~

~ We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire...give us the tools and we will finish the job. ~

~ The biggest mistake that leaders can make is to give people false hope that melts like snow. ~

~ Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party. ~

~ When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise. ~

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

~ In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies. ~

~ Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. ~

~ If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain. ~

~ The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. ~

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

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

~ 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. ~

More Great Quotes from Winston Churchill

~ Success is never final. ~

~ Responsibility is the price of greatness. ~

~ No crime is so great as daring to excel. ~

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

~ Censure is often useful, praise is often deceitful. ~

~ A man is about as big as the things that make him angry. ~

~ Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.~

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

~ To improve is to change. To be perfect is to have changed alot. ~

~ I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me.~

~ A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet. ~

~ Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.~

~ Playing golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture. ~

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

~ We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic. ~

~ An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last. ~

~ Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.~

~ They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds. ~

~ If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future. ~

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

~ Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. ~

~ Some people's idea of [free speech] is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage. ~

~ Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. ~

~ A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal. ~

~ Broadly speaking, human beings may be divided into three classes: those who are billed to death, those who are worried to death and those who are bored to death. ~

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