| Success is the ability to go from one
failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and
the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the
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 love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has
strengthened nations in their hour of peril.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist
sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
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.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and
then asks you not to kill him.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a
single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
Although present on the occasion, I have no clear recollection
of the events leading up to it.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general,
the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words
best of all.
By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because
it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also
what it takes to sit down and listen.
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.
Danger - if you meet it promptly and without flinching - you will
reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.
And the tigers are getting hungry.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies
from saving what is left of the old.
Eating words has never given me indigestion.
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.
Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression
of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important,
must accept a subordinate rank.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all
parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to
write that history myself.
For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt...
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither
the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance
and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at
I also hope that I sometimes suggested to the lion the right place
to use his claws.
I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better
policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.
I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact
with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact,
if anything, I am the prod.
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 am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians.
When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for
the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was
asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify
I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with
the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British
sentence-which is a noble thing.
I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities
he excites among his opponents.
I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt
for people who get drunk.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of
I like a man who grins when he fights.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat
us as equals.
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you
will still be ugly.
I never worry about action, but only inaction.
I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment,
failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer,
I should at once have been rightly cast aside.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this
Government: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and
I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.
If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference
to the devil in the House of Commons.
If I was your wife Sir, I'd poison you! Madam, if you were my wife,
I'd let you!
If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice,
I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere
would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set
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.
If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that
we have lost the future.
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to
do is make the rubble bounce.
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.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for
If you're going through hell, keep going.
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.
In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently
take my advice.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme
has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it
is folly not to work for it with all your might.
In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended
by a bodyguard of lies.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government
except all the others that have been tried.
It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important
to be right.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny
can only be grasped one link at a time.
It is a remarkable comment on our affairs that the former prime
minister of a great sovereign state should thus be received as an
honorary citizen of another.
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further
than you can see.
It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.
It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that
had the lion's heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the
It's no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have
got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's
Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in
this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect
or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst
form of Government except all those others that have been tried
from time to time.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick
themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In
victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade
my wife to marry me.
My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking
cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need
be during all meals and in the intervals between them.
My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to
have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
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.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is
in the room.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many
to so few.
Never, never, never give up.
"No comment" is a splendid expression. I am using it
again and again.
No crime is so great as daring to excel.
No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with
a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable
than the fighting of elections.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person
or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the
test of civilization.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly
for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once
'The Unnecessary War'.
One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.
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!
Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.
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.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then
will you learn the game.
Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison
gas at times.
Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.
In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
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.
Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church
would suit me better.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only
to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid
for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and
the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger
to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only
a handful see it for what it really is - the strong horse that pulls
the whole cart.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to
continue that counts.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no
loss of enthusiasm.
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You
have only to persevere to save yourselves.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation
with the average voter.
The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only
people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are
likely to see.
The first quality that is needed is audacity.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
The latest refinements of science are linked with the cruelties
of the Stone Age.
The length of this document defends it well against the risk of
its being read.
The maxim of the British people is "Business as usual."
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can
breathe without letting go.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist
sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to
The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes,
in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip
himself of almost all sense and meaning.
The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.
The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance
may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the
worst of it is half of them are true.
There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner
speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing
a girl who is leaning away from you.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk
There is no such thing as a good tax.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published
These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days
our country has ever lived.
They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute,
adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk
of being read.
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.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To
destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does
not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain,
hazardous, and conflicting information.
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
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.
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.
We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided
We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves
up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
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.
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration
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.
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of
the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble
in his life, most of which had never happened.
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will
When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be
claimed to be right and wise.
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human
life would be destroyed.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd.
Without innovation, it is a corpse.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after
they've tried everything else.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
Quotes by Winston Churchill