Top 107 Winston S. Churchill Quotes

This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.


For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.


Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.


We are all worms, But I do believe that I am a glow worm.


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


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.


All of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.


My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.


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


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


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


When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.


An old battleax of a woman said to Winston Churchill, “If you were my husband I would put poison in your tea.” Churchill’s response, “Ma’am if you were my wife I would drink it.


When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.


This paper, by its very length, defends itself from ever being read.


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


Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.


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


People stumble over the truth from time to time,but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.


Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.


It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.


Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.


Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.


It’s no use saying, “We are doing our best.” You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.


I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.


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


I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.


Books, in all their variety, offer the human intellect the means whereby civilization may be carried triumphantly forward.


It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.


A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.


In War: Resolution,In Defeat: Defiance,In Victory: MagnanimityIn Peace: Good Will.


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


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’.


The wars of people will be more terrible than those of kings.


In the long years to come, not only will the people of this island but of the world, wherever the bird of freedom chirps in human hearts, look back to what we’ve done, and they will say ‘do not despair, do not yield…march straightforward.


Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.


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.


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.


I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.


If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.


If he trips he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes they must be covered. If he sleeps he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good he must be pole-axed


To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.


The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.


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.


How fortunate it was for the world that when these great trials came upon it there was a generation that terror could not conquer and brutal violence could not enslave.


If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground.


My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.


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


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.


Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl – no superior alternative has yet been found.


You 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.


Democracy is more vindictive than cabinets, the wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings.


If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.


Of this I am certain, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.


I know why logs spit. I know what it is to be consumed


Logic, like science, must be the servant and not the master of man.


If you are going to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.


In every age there comes a time when a leader must come forward to meet the needs of the hour. Therefore, there is no potential leader who does not have the opportunity to make a positive difference in society.


The most frightful of all spectacles is the strength of the civilization without its mercy.


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


…anger is a waste of energy. Steam which is used to blow off a safety valve would be better used to drive an engine.


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.


Well, in war, you can only be killed once. But in politics, many times.


The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.


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.


Here was a place where real things were going on. Here was a scene of vital action. Here was a place where anything might happen. Here was a place where something would certainly happen.


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


Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities – but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.


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


During their lifetimes, every man and woman will stumble across a great opportunity. Sadly, most of them will simply pick themselves up, dust themselves down and carry on as if nothing ever happened.


It is always more easy to discover and proclaim general principles than to apply them.


When I hear a man say that his childhood was the happiest time of his life, I think (puff) my friend, you have had a pretty poor life.


Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.


Churchill kept perspective on the crowds that gathered to hear him speak by conceding they would be twice as big if gathered to see him hanged.


Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without vicory there is no survival.


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


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


it is the people who control the Government, not the Government the people.


I 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.


Man will occasionally stumble upon the truth but most times he will pick himself up and continue on.


Woe betide the leaders now perched on their dizzy pinnacles of triumph if they cast away at the conference table what the soldiers had won on a hundred bloodsoaked battlefields.


Extolling the virtues of conservation of energy, Churchill advised, “Never stand when you can sit, and never sit when you can lie down.


The POSITIVE THINKER sees the INVISIBLE, feels the INTANGIBLE, and achieves the IMPOSSIBLE.


The maxim, “Nothing prevails but perfection,” may be spelled PARALYSIS.


I hate nobody except Hitler–and that is professional.


I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.


When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.


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


I am a man of simple tastes easily satisfied with the best


We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.


We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.


Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.


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


I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.


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.


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.


Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..


So long as I am acting from duty and conviction, I am indifferent to taunts and jeers. I think they will probably do me more good than harm.


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.


A lady came up to me one day and said ‘Sir! You are drunk’, to which I replied ‘I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.


Always remember, that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.


I’ve gotten more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.


I decline utterly to be impartial between the fire brigade and the fire.


A man must choose his own way of life, and…it is only by following out one’s own bent that there can be the really harmonious life.” [In an interview conducted by Bram Stoker]


Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.


Perhaps we have been guilty of some terminological inexactitudes.



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