Winston Churchill. Quotes

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

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Winston Churchill

The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity. Winston Churchill

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. Winston Churchill

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Winston Churchill

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

I like things to happen; and if they don’t happen, I like to make them happen. Winston Churchill

The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. Winston Churchill

Americans always try to do the right thing after they’ve tried everything else. Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill

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

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill

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

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. (1946) Winston Churchill

Do not criticize your government when out of the country. Never cease to do so when at home. Winston Churchill

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is ready for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter. (On his 75th birthday) Winston Churchill

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

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. Winston Churchill

It is all right to rat, but you can’t re-rat. Winston Churchill

A communist is like a crocodile: when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up. Winston Churchill

There are men in the world who derive an exaltation from the proximity of disaster and ruin, as other from success. Winston Churchill

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

No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections. Winston Churchill

The English never draw a line without blurring it. Winston Churchill

A fanatic is one who cannot change his mind and won’t change the subject. Winston Churchill

Golf is a game who’s aim it is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose. Winston Churchill

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

The monarchy is so extraordinarily useful. When Britain wins a battle she shouts, ‘God save the Queen’; when she loses, she votes down the prime minister. Winston Churchill

Everybody has always underrated the Russians. They keep their own secrets alike from foe and friends. Winston Churchill

Danger – if you meet it promptly and without flinching – you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never! Winston Churchill

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. Winston Churchill

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves. Winston Churchill

No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism. Winston Churchill

I never worry about action, but only about inaction. Winston Churchill

Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime Ministers have never yet been invested. Winston Churchill

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. Winston Churchill

A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced, the imagination is agreeably stirred; the wits become more nimble. A bottle produces the contrary effect. Excess causes a comatose insensibility. Winston Churchill

Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance. Winston Churchill

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. Winston Churchill

Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash. Winston Churchill

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

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. Winston Churchill

If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. Winston Churchill

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies. Winston Churchill

The only way a man can remain consistent amid changing circumstances is to change with them while preserving the same dominating purpose. Winston Churchill

If we look back on our past life we shall see that one of its most usual experiences is that we have been helped by our mistakes and injured by our most sagacious decisions. Winston Churchill

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. Winston Churchill

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

The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it, but there it is. Winston Churchill