178 Famous Quotes by Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was a British politician, statesman, and writer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders in modern history. He played a key role in shaping the course of World War II and helped to lead the Allies to victory. Churchill was a gifted orator and his speeches are considered some of the most powerful and inspiring in history. He was also a prolific writer, producing a wide range of works including biographies, histories, and essays. Churchill's contributions to British politics and society were numerous, and his legacy continues to inspire people around the world. (Winston Churchill Biography).

Winston Churchill Famous Quotes


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

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You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. (Quote Meaning)

The Positive Thinker Sees the Invisible, Feels the Intangible and Achieves the Impossible (Meaning)

There is nothing government can give you that it hasn't taken from you in the first place. (Quote Meaning)

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. (Meaning)

All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. (Quote Meaning)

Appeasement is feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last. (Meaning)

If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary. (Quote Meaning)

Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about. (Meaning)

One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions. (Quote Meaning)

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It is better to do something than to do nothing while waiting to do everything. (Meaning)

He who fails to plan is planning to fail. (Quote Meaning)

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. (Meaning)

Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man. (Quote Meaning)

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. (Meaning)

If you find a job you love, you'll never work again. (Quote Meaning)

You don't make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. (Meaning)

The difference between mere management and leadership is communication. (Quote Meaning)

Do not trust any statistics you did not fake yourself. (Meaning)

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If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea. (Quote Meaning)

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber. (Meaning)

Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut. (Quote Meaning)

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

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. (Quote Meaning)

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. (Meaning)

A man is about as big as the things that make him angry. (Quote Meaning)

The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous. (Meaning)

After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil. (Quote Meaning)

Keep calm and carry on. (Meaning)

It is no use doing what you like; you have got to like what you do. (Quote Meaning)

Don't interrupt me while I'm interrupting. (Meaning)

Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. (Quote Meaning)

Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn. (Meaning)

Perfectionism spells paralysis. (Quote Meaning)

It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required. (Meaning)

Study history, study history. In history lie all the secrets of statecraft. (Quote Meaning)

You do your worst, and we'll do our best. (Meaning)

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. (Quote Meaning)

Remember gentleman, it's not just France we're fighting for, it's Champagne! (Meaning)

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. (Quote Meaning)

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. (Meaning)

To be conservative at 20 is heartless and to be a liberal at 60 is plain idiocy. (Quote Meaning)

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. (Meaning)

All the great things are simple. (Quote Meaning)

Success always demands a greater effort. (Meaning)

My education was interrupted only by my schooling. (Quote Meaning)

Watch your actions, they become your habits. (Meaning)

An optimist sees the oportunity in every difficulty. (Quote Meaning)

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. (Meaning)

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others. (Quote Meaning)

We have no lasting friends, no lasting enemies, only lasting interests. (Meaning)

Meet success like a gentleman; disaster like a man. (Quote Meaning)

No crime is so great as daring to excel. (Meaning)

The Aryan stock is bound to triumph. (Quote Meaning)

The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself. (Meaning)

The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman. (Quote Meaning)

The opposition occupies the benches in front of you, but the enemy sits behind you (Meaning)

I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. (Quote Meaning)

This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put. (Meaning)

I like a man who grins when he fights. (Quote Meaning)

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. (Meaning)

Wars are not won by evacuations. (Quote Meaning)

You must look at facts, because they look at you. (Meaning)

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. (Quote Meaning)

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. (Meaning)

A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life. (Quote Meaning)

Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge (Meaning)

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. (Quote Meaning)

I am easily satisfied with the very best. (Meaning)

Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen. (Quote Meaning)

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war. (Meaning)

If you mean to profit, learn to please. (Quote Meaning)

We must build a kind of United States of Europe. (Meaning)

Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential. (Quote Meaning)

Good and great are seldom in the same man. (Meaning)

Where my reason, imagination or interest were not engaged, I would not or I could not learn. (Quote Meaning)

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. (Meaning)

[The Balkans] produce more history than they can consume. (Quote Meaning)

The only guide to man is his conscience. (Meaning)

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. (Quote Meaning)

A joke is a very serious thing. (Meaning)

In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it. (Quote Meaning)

You create your own universe as you go along. (Meaning)

The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground. (Quote Meaning)

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. (Meaning)

Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even should they rarely stick to their plan. (Quote Meaning)

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. (Meaning)

Do what you like, but like what you do. (Quote Meaning)

We have not journeyed all this way because we are made of sugar candy. (Meaning)

I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks. (Quote Meaning)

Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. (Meaning)

Sunshine is my quest. (Quote Meaning)

In defeat, unbeatable; in victor, unbearable (Meaning)

Never flinch, never weary, never despair. (Quote Meaning)

Never, ever ever ever ever give up. (Meaning)

Never let a good crisis go to waste (Quote Meaning)

Give us the tools, and we will finish the job (Meaning)

Safety and certainty in oil lie in variety, and variety alone. (Quote Meaning)

Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it. (Meaning)

With opportunity comes responsibility. (Quote Meaning)

The reservist is twice the citizen. (Meaning)

Great and good are seldom the same man. (Quote Meaning)

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. (Meaning)

The first quality that is needed is audacity. (Meaning)

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders. (Quote Meaning)

Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory !! (Meaning)

We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us. (Quote Meaning)

Old men make war, young men fight and die (Meaning)

Even fools are right sometimes. (Quote Meaning)

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common... Celebrate it every day. (Meaning)

We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty. (Quote Meaning)

I will not pretend that if I had to choose between communism and Nazism I would choose communism. (Meaning)

We shape our homes and then our homes shape us. (Quote Meaning)

Is the only lesson of history to be that mankind is unteachable? (Meaning)

The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope. (Quote Meaning)

Watch your thoughts, they become your words. (Meaning)

Manifest destiny was on the march, and it was unfortunate that Mexico stood in the path. (Quote Meaning)

When you are going through hell, don't stop. (Meaning)

To improve is to change. (Quote Meaning)

Air power may either end war or end civilization. (Meaning)

I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself (Quote Meaning)

Two nations divided by a common language. (Meaning)

There are bitter weeds in England. (Quote Meaning)

I'm so bored with it all. (Meaning)

War, which used to be cruel and magnificent has now become cruel and squalid. (Quote Meaning)

Without victory there is no survival! (Meaning)

The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril. (Quote Meaning)

Dead birds don't fall out of their nests. (Meaning)

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

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

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

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

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

"Never, never, never give up."

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

"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."

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."

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

"I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

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

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

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

"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is."

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."

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

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

"No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it."

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see."

"Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."

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

"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."

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

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

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught."

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else."

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others."

"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."

"It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary."

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

"Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong."

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

"History is written by the victors."

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

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

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

"I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me."

"Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game."

"My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me."

"Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."

"I never worry about action, but only inaction."

"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."

"There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion."

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."

― Winston Churchill Quotes

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