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Quotes by Winston Churchill

  • English statesman
  • Born November 30, 1874
  • Died January 24, 1965

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.

'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.

Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong - these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.

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.

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.

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.

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

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

If it weren't for painting, I wouldn't live; I couldn't bear the extra strain of things.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.

Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.

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

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

No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.

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.

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

I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.

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

The first quality that is needed is audacity.

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

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

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

The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

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

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

I never worry about action, but only inaction.

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. Never run away from anything. Never!

Never, never, never give up.

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

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