Winston Churchill was a British leader who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955, during World War II.

Churchill was a Sandhurst-educated soldier, a Nobel Prize-winning writer and historian, a prolific painter, and one of the longest-serving politicians in British history.

We have curated the top and famous Winston Churchill Quotes to inspire you.


Famous and Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

1. “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

2. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

2. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ (Winston Churchill).
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3. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

4. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

5. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

6. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

7. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

8. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

9. “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

10. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

11. “Preposition: An enormously versatile part of grammar, as in ‘What made you pick this book I didn’t want to be read to out of up for?’” ~ (Winston Churchill).

12. “What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

13. “All I want is compliance with my wishes, after reasonable discussion.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

14. “Lenin was sent into Russia by the Germans in the same way that you might send a phial containing a culture of typhoid or cholera to be poured into the water supply of a great city, and it worked with amazing accuracy.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

15. “I want no criticism of America at my table. The Americans criticize themselves more than enough.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

16. “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

17. “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

18. “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

19. “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

20. “Never, never, never give in!” ~ (Winston Churchill).

21. “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

22. “I never worry about action, but only about inaction.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

23. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

24. “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

25. “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

26. “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

27. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

28. “We shall never surrender.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

29. “Never give in. 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.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

30. “If you find a job you love, you’ll never work again…” ~ (Winston Churchill).

31. “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

32. “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

33. “When you’re 20 you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60 you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

34. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

35. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

36. “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

37. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

38. “Keep calm and carry on.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

39. “Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

40. “For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

41. “We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

42. “There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

43. “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

44. “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

45. “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is 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 Churchill).

46. “If you don’t take change by the hand, it will take you by the throat.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

47. “You create your own universe as you go along.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

48. “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

49. “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

50. “The Fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

51. “A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

52. “This paper, by its very length, defends itself from ever being read.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

53. “Our future is in our hands. Our lives are what we choose to make them.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

54. “The gift of a common tongue is a priceless inheritance and it may well some day become the foundation of a common citizenship.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

55. “It is wonderful how well men can keep secrets they have not been told.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

56. “Life is a test and this world a place of trial.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

57. “There comes into the life of every man a task for which he and he alone is uniquely suited. What a shame if that moment finds him either unwilling or unprepared for that which would become his finest hour.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

58. “The difference between mere management and leadership is communication.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

59. “Here life itself, life at its best and healthiest, awaits the caprice of the bullet. Let us see the development of the day. All else may standover, perhaps forever. Existence is never so sweet as when it is at hazard.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

60. “You can measure a man’s character by the choices he makes under pressure.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

61. “The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

62. “If you want to discover new oceans, you must first have the courage to leave shore.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

63. “To improve is to change.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

64. “We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

65. “Islam to a man is like rabies to a dog.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

66. “No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

67. “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

68. “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

69. “Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it all others depend.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

70. “One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

71. “A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

72. “Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but heroes fight like Greeks.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

73. “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

74. “If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

75. “We have no lasting friends, no lasting enemies, only lasting interests.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

76. “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

77. “I do not apologize for the takeover of the region by the Jews from the Palestinians in the same way I don’t apologize for the takeover of America by the whites from the Red Indians or the takeover of Australia from the blacks. It is natural for a superior race to dominate an inferior one.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

78. “You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

79. “I’m too busy. I have no time for worry.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

80. “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

81. “If I had my way, I would write the word ‘insure’ over every door of every cottage and upon the blotting-pad of every public man, because I am convinced that, for sacrifice that are conceivably small, families can be secured against catastrophes which otherwise would smash them forever.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

82. “From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

83. “If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

84. “The cemetery is full of indispensable people.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

85. “Without victory there is no survival!” ~ (Winston Churchill).

86. “You must look at facts, because they look at you.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

87. “Great success always comes at the risk of enormous failure.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

88. “I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen I like to make them happen.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

89. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

90. “The unforgivable sin of Hitler’s Germany was to develop a new economic system by which the international bankers were deprived of their profits.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

91. “Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

92. “Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves, and to save all those who rely upon you. You have only to go right on, and at the end of the road, be it short or long, victory and honor will be found.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

93. “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

94. “I’d rather argue against a hundred idiots, than have one agree with me.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

95. “Without courage all other virtues lose their meaning.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

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

97. “You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

98. “We proceeded systematically, village by village and we destroyed the houses, filled up the wells, blew down the towers, cut down the shady trees, burned the crops and broke the reservoirs in punitive devastation.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

99. “It’s Never Over ’till it’s over! Never Give Up! Never.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

100. “Rules were made for fools to follow and wise men to be guided by.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

101. “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

102. “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

103. “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

104. “Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even should they rarely stick to their plan.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

105. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

106. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

107. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

108. “All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

109. “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

110. “The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

111. “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

112. “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

113. “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

114. “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

115. “In War: Resolution, In Defeat: Defiance, In Victory: Magnaminity In Peace: Good Will.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

116. “Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

117. “I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

118. “Good and great are seldom in the same man.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

119. “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

120. “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

121. “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

122. “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.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

123. “Don’t interrupt me while I’m interrupting.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

124. “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

125. “Most of the world’s work is done by people who don’t feel very well.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

126. “A small lie needs a bodyguard of bigger lies to protect it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

27. “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

128. “The most important thing about education is appetite.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

129. “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

130. “There are plenty of good ideas, if only they can be backed with the power of action.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

131. “A joke is a very serious thing.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

132. “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

133. “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

134. “Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

135. “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.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

136. “When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

137. “A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

138. “Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

139. “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

140. “I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

141. “I am all for your using machines, but do not let them use you.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

142. “The oldest habit in the world for resisting change is to complain that unless the remedy to the disease should be universally applied it should not be applied at all. But you must start somewhere.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

143. “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

144. “You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. She was meant to be wooed and won by youth.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

145. “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

146. “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

147. “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

148. “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.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

149. “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

150. “If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

151. “There comes a precious moment in all of our lives when we are tapped on the shoulder and offered the opportunity to do something very special that is unique to us and our abilities, what a tragedy it would be if we are not ready or willing.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

152. “What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” ~ (Winston Churchill).

153. “To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

154. “There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he will find greatness. It is his finest hour.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

155. “I love learning, but hate being taught.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

156. “We are shaping the world faster than we can change ourselves, and we are applying to the present the habits of the past.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

157. “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

158. “Where my reason, imagination or interest were not engaged, I would not or I could not learn.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

159. “We shall fight in parking lots, we shall fight in empty fields and on wide streets, we shall never surrender.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

160. “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

161. “The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade; character, not technicalities.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

162. “Do not trust any statistics you did not fake yourself.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

163. “Plans are worthless. Planning is priceless.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

164. “At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

165. “You create your own universe as you go along. The stronger your imagination, the more variegated your universe. When you leave off dreaming, the universe ceases to exist.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

166. “Victory is not final. Defeat is not failure. It’s all about courage.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

167. “There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hope soon to be swept away.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

168. “I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

169. “I never slept as soundly as the night following Pearl Harbor. For I knew that The American Race would now be entering the war and it would never be the same.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

170. “Meet success like a gentleman; disaster like a man.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

171. “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

172. “Perfectionism spells paralysis.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

173. “It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

174. “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

175. “Success always demands a greater effort.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

176. “Writing is an adventure.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

177. “With integrity, nothing else counts. Without integrity, nothing else counts.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

178. “The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

179. “For the first 25 years of my life, I wanted freedom. For the next 25 years, I wanted order. For the next 25 years, I realized that order is freedom.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

180. “My education was interrupted only by my schooling.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

181. “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

182. “The United Nations was set up not to get us to heaven, but only to save us from hell.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

183. “Preparation is – if not the key to genius – then at least the key to sounding like a genius.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

184. “Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

185. “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

186. “Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

187. “Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

188. “Science should be on tap, not on top.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

189. “Your greatest fears are created by your imagination. Don’t give in to them.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

190. “Danger gathers upon our path. We cannot afford – we have no right – to look back. We must look forward.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

191. “English literature is a glorious inheritance which is open to all – there are no barriers, no coupons, and no restrictions. In the English language and in its great writers there are great riches and treasures, of which, of course, the Bible and Shakespeare stand along on the highest platform.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

192. “Democracy is the best form of the worst type of government.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

193. “Never flinch, never weary, never despair.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

194. “I propose that 100,000 degenerate Britons should be forcibly sterilized and others put in labour camps to halt the decline of the British race.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

195. “The reservist is twice the citizen.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

196. “The true guide of life is to do what is right.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

197. “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

198. “Failure should never go to heart and success should never go to head, both makes a person to fall in life.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

199. “Success is the ability to continue to move through total disaster.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

200. “Achievement is not last, disappointment is not deadly: It is the mettle to proceed with that matters.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

201. “If you don’t have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

202. “You must understand that this war is not against Hitler or National Socialism, but against the strength of the German people, which is to be smashed once and for all, regardless of whether it is in the hands of Hitler or a Jesuit priest.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

203. “If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

204. “Good night, then – sleep to gather strength for the morning. For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly on all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

205. “There is only one answer to defeat and that is victory.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

206. “Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea. Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

207. “Time is one thing that can never be retrieved. One may lose and regain friends. One may lose and regain money. Opportunity, once spurned, may come again. But the hours that are lost in idleness can never be brought back to be used in gainful pursuits.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

208. “Old men make war, young men fight and die.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

209. “A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

210. “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

211. “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

212. “Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

213. “No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

214. “One cannot leap a chasm in two jumps.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

215. “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

216. “All the great things are simple.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

217. “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.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

218. “Unpunctuality is a vile habit.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

219. “Smoking Cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavor, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out!” ~ (Winston Churchill).

220. “Victory is the beautiful, bright-colored flower. Transport is the stem without which it could never have blossomed.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

221. “Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

222. “I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar. That is why I am in two-hundred-percent form.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

223. “If you destroy a free market you create a black market.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

224. “Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty…” ~ (Winston Churchill).

225. “The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

226. “Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

227. “I’m going to make a long speech because I’ve not had the time to prepare a short one.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

228. “Who is not liberal when young, does not have a heart. Who is not conservative when old, does not have a brain.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

229. “Never abandon life. There is a way out of everything except death.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

230. “A nation which has forgotten its past can have no future.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

231. “Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

232. “Nothing is perfect on the human stage…” ~ (Winston Churchill).

233. “There but for the grace of God, goes God.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

234. “There is at least one thing worse than fighting with allies – And that is to fight without them.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

235. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

236. “It is sheer laziness not compressing thought into a reasonable space.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

237. “Land monopoly is not only monopoly, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies; it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

238. “Have no fear of the future. Let us go forward into its mysteries, tear away the veils which hide it from our eyes, and move onwards with confidence and courage.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

239. “In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

240. “When we run out of money, we have to start thinking.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

241. “No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

242. “Leadership is the intelligent use of power.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

243. “I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

244. “Air power may either end war or end civilization.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

245. “Money is like manure, it’s only good if you spread it around.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

246. “These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

247. “Never run away from anything. Never!” ~ (Winston Churchill).

248. “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.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

249. “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear – I fear greatly – the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar, even more loudly, even more widely.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

250. “An efficient and a successful administration manifests itself equally in small as in great matters.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

251. “Democracy means that when there’s a knock in the door at 3 am, it’s probably the milkman.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

252. “Beware of driving men to desperation. Even a cornered rat is dangerous.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

253. “Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

254. “Air superiority is the ultimate expression of military power.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

255. “The day may dawn when fair play, love for one’s fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth serene and triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

256. “Life is a test and this world a place of trial. Always the problems – or it may be the same problem – will be presented to every generation in different forms.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

257. “In the past we have had a light which flickered, in the present we have a light which flames, and in the future there will be a light which shines over all the land and sea.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

258. “The maxim, “Nothing prevails but perfection,” may be spelled PARALYSIS.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

259. “We are plunged in a long and grievous struggle. But all will come right if we all work together to the end.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

260. “I’m so bored with it all.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

261. “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

262. “Criticism is easy; achievement is difficult.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

263. “You leave out God, and you substitute the devil.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

264. “When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

265. “If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

266. “By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

267. “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

268. “Things do not get better by being left alone.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

269. “A communist is like a crocodile: when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

270. “Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

271. “I have benefited greatly from criticism, and at no time have I suffered a lack thereof.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

272. “Wars are not won by evacuations.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

273. “I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

274. “We must build a kind of United States of Europe.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

275. “Painting is a companion with whom one may walk a great part of life’s journey.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

276. “There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

277. “The man who stands firm in order to protect a sand-castle can never be relied upon; for he has given away his common sense.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

278. “Manifest destiny was on the march, and it was unfortunate that Mexico stood in the path.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

279. “After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

280. “The monarchy is so extraordinarily useful. When Britain wins a battle she shouts, “God save the Queen”; when she loses, she votes down the prime minister.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

281. “No matter. The dead bird does not leave the nest.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

282. “A polo handicap is a persons ticket to the world.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

283. “Remember gentleman, it’s not just France we’re fighting for, it’s Champagne!” ~ (Winston Churchill).

284. “Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

285. “If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

286. “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.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

287. “The cultivation of a hobby and new forms of interest is a policy of first importance to a public man.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

288. “You never can tell whether bad luck may not after all turn out to be good luck.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

289. “The United States is like a gigantic boiler. Once the fire is lit under it, there’s no limit to the power it can generate.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

290. “There is a treasure in the heart of every man if you can only find it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

291. “Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off with mere personal success or acceptance. You will make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or events.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

292. “Russian may seem narrow-minded, impudent, or even stupid people, but can only pray for those who are against them.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

293. “The belief that security can be obtained by throwing a small state to the wolves is a fatal delusion.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

294. “There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

295. “You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner, and no halfway measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That’s what I always do.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

296. “A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

297. “There are bitter weeds in England.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

298. “The only way a man can remain consistent amid changing circumstances is to change with them while preserving the same dominating purpose.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

299. “I feel like an aeroplane at the end of its flight, in the dusk, with the petrol running out, in search of a safe landing.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

300. “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

301. “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

302. “Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

303. “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 still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’” ~ (Winston Churchill).

304. “There is nothing like oratory, it is a skill that can turn a commoner into a king.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

305. “The substitution of the internal combustion engine for the horse marked a very gloomy milestone in the progress of mankind.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

306. “In war, truth is often the first casualty.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

307. “I am your servant. You have the right to dismiss me when you please. What you have no right to do is ask me to bear responsibility without the power of action.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

308. “No crime is so great as daring to excel.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

309. “Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl – no superior alternative has yet been found.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

310. “Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

311. “There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right. That is the only way to deserve and to win the confidence of our great people in these days of trouble.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

312. “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

313. “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

314. “The tank was originally invented to clear a way for the infantry in the teeth of machine-gun fire. Now it is the infantry who will have to clear a way for the tanks.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

315. “No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

316. “In Critical and baffling situations, it is always best to return to first principle and simple action.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

317. “Success in life is the ability to move from one mistake to another without losing enthusiasm.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

318. “Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

319. “It may well be that we shall by a process of sublime irony have reached a state in this story where safety will be the sturdy child of terror, and survival the twin brother of annihilation.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

320. “Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes?” ~ (Winston Churchill).

321. “Socialism is an attack on the right to breathe freely. No socialist system can be established without a political police.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

322. “I liked wine, both red and white, and especially Champagne; and on very special occasions I could even drink a small glass of brandy.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

323. “I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

324. “I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

325. “Eating words has never given me indigestion.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

326. “I have had to eat my own words many times, and I have found it a very nourishing diet.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

327. “There is not much collective security in a flock of sheep on the way to the butcher.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

328. “Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

329. “When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

330. “It is a curious fact about British Islanders, who hate drill and have not been invaded for nearly a thousand years, that as danger comes nearer and grows they become progressively less nervous; when it is imminent they are fierce, when it is mortal they are fearless.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

331. “The man who can master his time can master nearly anything.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

332. “Even fools are right sometimes.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

333. “I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

334. “Never trust a man who has not a single redeeming vice.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

335. “Anyone who is not a liberal in his youth has no heart. Anyone who remains so as he matures has no brain!” ~ (Winston Churchill).

336. “The opposition occupies the benches in front of you, but the enemy sits behind you.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

337. “The flags of the Confederate States of America were very important and a matter of great pride to those citizens living in the Confederacy. They are also a matter of great pride for their descendants as part of their heritage and history.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

338. “I get my exercise being a pallbearer for those of my friends who believed in regular running and calisthenics.” 

~ (Winston Churchill).

339. “To try to be safe everywhere is to be strong nowhere.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

340. “Safety and certainty in oil lie in variety, and variety alone.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

341. “The English never draw a line without blurring it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

342. “It is no use doing what you like; you have got to like what you do.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

343. “Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

344. “Gentleman, I am hardening on this enterprise. I repeat, I am now hardening towards this enterprise.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

345. “Better to dare mighty things and fail than to live in a grey twilight where there is neither victory nor defeat.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

346. “The Aryan stock is bound to triumph.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

347. “I’d rather be right than consistent.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

348. “We will mete out to the Germans the measure and more than the measure that they have meted out to us. We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst and we will do our best.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

349. “Courage is the greatest virtue because it guarantees all the rest.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

350. “Do not criticize your government when out of the country. Never cease to do so when at home.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

351. “Most people hate the taste of beer – to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice that many people have been able to overcome.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

352. “Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

353. “Is the only lesson of history to be that mankind is unteachable?” ~ (Winston Churchill).

354. “At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper-no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of the point.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

355. “Sunshine is my quest.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

356. “The women’s suffrage movement is only the small edge of the wedge, if we allow women to vote it will mean the loss of social structure and the rise of every liberal cause under the sun. Women are well represented by their fathers, brothers, and husbands.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

357. “But who in war will not have his laugh amid the skulls?” ~ (Winston Churchill).

358. “A gentleman is a man who is only rude when he intends to be.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

359. “I drink and smoke and I am two hundred percent fit.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

360. “We must be very careful not to assign this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

361. “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

362. “The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

363. “Be a peg, hammered into the frozen ground, immovable.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

364. “Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending – sit down.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

365. “And you, madam, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

366. “If you put two economists xin a room, you get two opinions, unless one of them is Lord Keynes, in which case you get three opinions.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

367. “Young people at universities study to achieve knowledge and not to learn a trade. We must all learn how to support ourselves, but we must also learn how to live. We need a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of modern engineers.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

368. “Indomitable in retreat, invincible in advance; insufferable in victory.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

369. “As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

370. “Time and the Ocean and some guiding star and High Cabal have made us what we are.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

371. “There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

372. “The jury system has come to stand for all we mean by English justice. The scrutiny of 12 honest jurors provides defendants and plaintiffs alike a safeguard from arbitrary perversion of the law.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

373. “This wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred. this monstrous product of former wrongs and shame.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

374. “An American diplomat is sometimes like a bull who carries his own china shop around with him.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

375. “Don’t argue about the difficulties. The difficulties will argue for themselves.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

376. “Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

377. “The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

378. “No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

379. “A world united is better than a world divided, but a world divided is better than a world destroyed.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

380. “Our dog chases people on a bike. We’ve had to take it off him.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

381. “Advertising nourishes the consuming power of men.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

382. “The first quality that is needed is audacity.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

383. “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

384. “A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

385. “Saving is a fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

386. “We have not journeyed all this way because we are made of sugar candy.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

387. “No sky is heavy if the heart be light.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

388. “Time passes swiftly, but is it not joyous to see how great and growing is the treasure we have gathered together, amid the storms and stresses of so many eventful and to millions tragic and terrible years?” ~ (Winston Churchill).

389. “We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

390. “No more let us alter or falter or palter. From Malta to Yalta, and Yalta to Malta.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

391. “Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

392. “The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

393. “You do your worst, and we’ll do our best.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

394. “You know, in war, you don’t have to be nice. You only have to be right.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

395. “There is a place for everyone, man and woman, old and young, hale and halt; service in a thousand forms is open. There is no room now for the dilettante, the weakling, for the shirker, or the sluggard. From the highest to the humblest tasks, all are of equal honor; all have their part to play.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

396. “It is hard, if not impossible, to snub a beautiful woman – they remain beautiful and the snub recoils.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

397. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

398. “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

399. “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

400. “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.” ~ (Winston Churchill).

401. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” ~ (Winston Churchill).


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