Authors - Winston Churchill
Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965) was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940-45 and 1951-55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States. - Wikipedia
If you are going through hell, keep going.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
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.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
There are a lot of lies going around...and half of them are true.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Saving is a fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.
A joke is a very serious thing.
The United States stands at the pinnacle of world power. This is a solemn moment for the American democracy. For with primacy in power is joined an awe-inspiring accountability for the future.
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Never interrupt me when I'm trying to interrupt you.
Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities.
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.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
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.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Dogs look up to you. Cats look down on you. Pigs treat you like equals.
We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow-worm.
Why, you can take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together - what do you get? The sum of their fears.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
He is a very modest man with a great deal to be modest about.
The destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits--not animals.
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 'til you can.
Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
I think 'no comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
It is hard, if not impossible, to snub a beautiful woman - they remain beautiful and the rebuke recoils.
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.
There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel or envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be 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 small 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.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may destroy it, but there it is.
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is--the strong horse that pulls the whole cart.
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 great principle which this house ought to guard and cherish is that, when the tax collector comes to the private citizen and takes from him of his wealth for the services of the public, the whole of that money taken shall go for the purposes for which it is intended, and that no private interests, however powerfully they may be organized and however eloquently advocated, shall thrust their dirty fingers into the pie and take the profits for themselves.
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
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.
I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.'
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
A laugh is a surprise. And all humor is physical. I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, 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.
One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.