Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a Nobel Prize-winning writer, and an artist.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
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.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
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 the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
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.
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
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.
There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
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's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.