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.
Speech in the House of Commons, after taking office as Prime Minister (13 May 1940).
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.Winston ChurchillAlso Attributed To Abraham Lincoln
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill
Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.Winston ChurchillSpeech in the House of Commons, June 18, 1940 "War Situation".
I hate nobody except Hitler and that is professional.Winston ChurchillChurchill to John Colville during WWII, quoted by Colville in his book The Churchillians (1981) ISBN 0297779095
When I was younger I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.Winston ChurchillReply to King George VI, on a cold morning at the airport. The King had asked if Churchill would take something to warm himself. As cited in Man of the Century (2002), Ramsden, Columbia University Press, p. 134 ISBN 0231131062
For myself, I am an optimist. It does not seem to be much use being anything else.Winston ChurchillSpeech at the Lord Mayor's banquet in London (1954-11-09)
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.Winston ChurchillQuoted by Lord Normanbrook in Action This Day: Working With Churchill. Memoirs by Lord Norman Brook (And Others) (1968)Often misquoted as: Eating my words has never given me indigestion.
No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.Winston ChurchillMy early life, 1874-1904 (1930), Churchill, Winston S., p. 45 (1996 Touchstone Edition), ISBN 0684823454
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 remained silent.Winston ChurchillWinston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches (1974), Chelsea House, Volume IV: 1922-1928, p. 3462 ISBN 0835206939
One may dislike Hitler's system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.Winston Churchill"Hitler and His Choice", The Strand Magazine (November 1935)
Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.Winston ChurchillOn Stanley Baldwin, as cited in Churchill by Himself (2008), Ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 322 ISBN 1586486381Also quoted by Kay Halle in Irrepressible Churchill: A Treasury of Winston Churchill's Wit (1966)
Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat.Winston ChurchillThe Second World War, Volume IV : The Hinge of Fate (1951) Chapter 33 (The Battle of Alamein)BBC News story on the 60th anniversary of Alamein
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.Winston ChurchillRadio broadcast (March 21, 1943), cited in Churchill by Himself (2008), ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 21 ISBN 1586486381
There is less there than meets the eye.Winston ChurchillOn Prime Minister Clement Attlee, to President Truman, in 1946. When Truman defended Attlee (‘He seems a modest sort of fellow’), Churchill replied ‘He’s got a lot to be modest about.’ As cited in The Origins of the Cold War in Europe (1994), Reynolds, Yale University Press, p. 93 ISBN 0300105622
Of course, when you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.Winston ChurchillIn The Second World War, Volume V : Closing the Ring (1952) Chapter 12 (Island Prizes Lost)
‘In war-time,’ I said, ‘truth is so precious she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.’Winston ChurchillDiscussion of Operation Overlord with Stalin at the Teheran Conference (November 30, 1943); in The Second World War, Volume V : Closing the Ring (1952), Chapter 21 (Teheran: The Crux), p.338.
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