Quotations of Winston Churchill

I consider Winston Churchill to be the greatest leader of the 20th century. In addition to his extraordinary leadership, he was a gifted orator.

There is no such thing as a good tax.

Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.

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

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

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

From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I shall not put.

Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.???

Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.???

Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.???

Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.???

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.

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

A modest man, who has much to be modest about. (On Clement Atlee)

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

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

Politics is 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.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.

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

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

You ask, What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.??? You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: 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.

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, 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.

Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour!???

A joke is a very serious thing.

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

A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.

Great and good are seldom the same man.

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

History is written by the victors.

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

I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

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

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

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

I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.

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

India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.

Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.

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

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

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

One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.

The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy’s aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.

We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.

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.

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

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

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