Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

British Prime Minister, Orator, and Warrior

Nobel Prize for Literature 1953


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Winston Churchill
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.
- Winston Churchill
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
- Winston Churchill
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill
A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and who won't change the subject.
- Winston Churchill
I like a man who grins when he fights.
- Winston Churchill
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
- Winston Churchill (or possibly Randolph)
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
- Sir Winston Spencer Churchill 1874-1965, Roving Commission: My Early Life
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
- Winston Churchill
Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
- Winston Churchill
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 honor and good sense.
- Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) Address at Harrow School, October 29, 1941
No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all of the other forms which have been tried from time to time.
- Sir Winston Churchill
The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives.
- Winston Churchill
The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
- Winston Churchill
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is.
- Winston Churchill
There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.
- Winston Churchill
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.

- Winston Churchill

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.

Don't talk to me about Naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.

The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives.

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

".... 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."

The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen, who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 20th August, 1940 

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