Winston Churchill is one of the prominent politicians of the 20th century.
His sharp mind, great experience and excellent education made him a real thinker of our time, who often gave amazing aphorisms to his friends and acquaintances. Winston Churchill’s quotes are still very popular, although he is a controversial person.
Therefore, he was not forgotten, not only because of the unsurpassed sense of style and the constant cigar in his teeth. One of the most influential politicians in world history. Someone who is rightfully considered the greatest wartime leader of the 20th century. British Army officer, historian, orator, artist and writer. The only British Prime Minister to be awarded the Nobel Prize. In 2002, the British massively gave him their votes for first place in the ranking of the “100 Greatest Britons”.
His life isn’t only interesting. It doesn’t leave you indifferent.
Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill is a true child of his era and the personification of the British character. In his biography, like in a drop of water, without exaggeration, the history of the world is reflected, from the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the last third of the last century.
Just imagine that in the most difficult world war he was able to make decisions on an equal footing with Stalin and Roosevelt, and later with Harry Truman. Only the personal qualities of this person allowed the nation of a relatively small state to maintain a leading position in the coalition for a long time. This is a real titan of politics and a great thinker, worthy of description in philosophical textbooks.
His wit many times became the reason for softening at the queen’s dinner parties when guests tried to get into arguments. Churchill’s quotes can hardly be underestimated, because they largely shaped the image of European politics for centuries to come.
He became a source of inspiration for subsequent generations of people who want to rule countries, cities and individual regions. In the memoirs of modern famous politicians, we can see him as an idol.
The best quotes by Churchill
His wit often surprised even his contemporaries. The winged expressions of this politician have been popular at all times.
1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
2. “Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.”
3. “Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.”
4. “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.”
5. “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”
6. “Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.”
7. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
8. “It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
9. “It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”
10. “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.”
11. “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
12. “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.”
13. “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
14. “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
15. “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
16. “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”
17. “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”
18. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
19. “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy then an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then it becomes a tyrant and, in the last stage, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
20. “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”
Churchill’s most famous quotes
It was his sayings that allowed him to become on a par with the titans of politics of his time. Obviously, the fate of the British people was in good hands.
21. “There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.”
22. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
23. “We are still masters of our fate.
24. “It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.”
25. “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”
26. “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.”
27. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
28. “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
29. “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.”
30. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
31. “Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived. ”
32. “The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.”
33. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
34. “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”
35. “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”
36. “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
37. “Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.”
38. “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
39. “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
40. “I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
Most popular Churchill quotes
Winston, even in his youth, was distinguished by a great wit in educational institutions. The teachers did not like him, but he found recognition in public life.
41. “Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.”
42. “Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
43. “The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.”
44. “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”
45. “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.”
46. “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 for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
47. “You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
48. “We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic.”
49. “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
50. “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: “This was their finest hour.”
51. “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 and painting.”
52. “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 the job.”
53. “What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.”
54. “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”
55. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
56. “Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending – sit down.”
57. “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.”
58. “All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”
59. “There is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
60. “A joke is a very serious thing.”
Churchill’s witty quotes
It is hard to believe how accurately these words were spoken to the situation. Even in our time, we can understand this.
61. “No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.”
62. “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
63. “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”
64. “This is the lesson: 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. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
65. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
66. “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”
67. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
68. “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.”
69. “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.”
70. “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”
71. “The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of engineers.”
72. “We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.”
73. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.”
74. “It is no use saying ‘we are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
75. “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”
76. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
77. “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.”
78. “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
79. “We are all worms, But I do believe that I am a glow worm.”
80. “Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.”
Churchill quotes for a tense setting
Each of the catchphrases of this politician has a real situation, most of which we will not know anything about. But we can find many new places to apply.
81. “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.”
82. “A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.”
83. “A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. ”
84. “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
85. “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.”
86. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
87. “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
88. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
89. “You will 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. She was meant to be wooed and won by youth.”
90. “Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality. How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it!”
91. “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.”
92. “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”
93. “If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best grace possible.”
94. “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”
95. “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”
96. “Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.”
97. “Don’t interrupt me while I’m interrupting.”
98. “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”
99. “Never, never, never give in!”
100. “The English never draw a line without blurring it.”
Churchill quotes with hidden humor
He took control of Britain at a difficult time. Therefore, it was impossible to do without a large portion of humor.
101. “The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.”
102. “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 honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
103. “I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”
104. “War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.”
105. “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”
106. “For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”
107. “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.”
108. “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
109. “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
110. “No crime is so great as daring to excel.”
111. “Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.”
112. “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
113. “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
114. “I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.”
115. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
116. “It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.”
117. “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”
118. “I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I have inspired the nation. It was the nation and the race dwelling all around the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”
119. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
120. “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.”
Churchill quotes from life and politics
A large number of different phrases were noted with success in British newspapers. It seemed that it even flattered Winston a little.
121. “There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life and war, has it exceptions.”
122. “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
123. “In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.”
124. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
125. “I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.”
126. “Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”
127. “There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”
128. “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
129. “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”
130. “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!”
131. “We 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.”
132. “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body; it calls attention to the development of an unhealthy state of things. If it is heeded in time, danger may be averted; if it is suppressed, a fatal distemper may develop.”
133. “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”
134. “We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.”
135. “I may be drunk, miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”
136. “Broadly speaking short words are best and the old words when short, are best of all.”
137. “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”
138. “The English know how to make the best of things. Their so-called muddling through is simply skill at dealing with the inevitable.”
139. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
140. “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
Churchill quotes from the collection of world aphorisms
His wit was appreciated not only at home, but all over the world. World leaders understood who they were dealing with and tried to be very careful in their statements. Unsurprisingly, he had no rivals in the political struggle.
141. “All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.”
142. “Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.”
143. “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.”
144. “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”
145. “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”
146. “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”
147. “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
148. “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”
149. “We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”
150. “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.”
151. “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.”
152. “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.”
153. “From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”
154. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.”
155. “Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory there is no survival. ”
156. “Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”
157. “If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.”
158. “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.”
159. “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
160. “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”
All the events surrounding the great personality left an imprint on his difficult character, and he quickly got out of difficult situations thanks to quotes and a great sense of humor.
It was a gift from God that helped the Prime Minister, in an atmosphere permeated with fear, danger, despair and a premonition of imminent catastrophe, to find a way to salvation.
Churchill, who possessed this most notorious charisma, personified deliverance, he psychologically corrected the situation, gave people hope instead of anxiety, breathed in them faith in success, infected them with his optimism, conveyed his emotional mood to them.
These are the abilities a leader sent down by providence should have to save his people. Churchill undoubtedly possessed such abilities.
Churchill quotes are suitable for people who are strong in spirit or want to become so. His unrivalled charisma and ability to quickly find a way out of any situation. Many of them allow you to soften the tense situation, to change the course of the conversation in your favor.
Therefore, use them almost every day. After all, this is wisdom from an outstanding person who will forever remain in the memory of the British people.
His inner world is very rich and difficult to study. That is why we have selected the best quotes for you, allowing you to get a wide outlook.
Most of Winston Churchill’s quotes require in-depth study of his writings, analysis of newspapers and conference chronicles, which is a difficult task. So use pre-made Churchill quote lists effortlessly. Many of them deserve to be learned by heart and then used when the occasion presents itself.