Winston Churchill

(Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill)

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
  • Born: November 30, 1874
  • Died: January 24, 1965
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Statesman

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD DL FRS RA was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in Europe in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, for most of his parliamentary career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.

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Vallabhbhai Patel When France fell before the Nazi onslaught, in the midst of total war, Mr. Churchill offered union with England to the French. That was indeed a stroke of inspired statesmanship. But when it comes to India? Oh no! Constitutional changes in the midst of a war? Absolutely unthinkable ... The object this time is to free India before the Japanese can come and be ready to fight them if they come. They will round up the leaders, round up all. Then it will be the duty of every Indian to put forth his utmost effort—within non-violence. No source is to be left untapped; no weapon untried. This is going to be the opportunity of a lifetime.
Adolf Hitler It is necessary to protect the truth from the bragging of a man who, as a soldier, is a wretched politician, and as a politician an equally wretched soldier. Mr. Churchill.
William Joyce The people of England will curse themselves for having preferred ruin from Churchill to peace from Hitler.
Charles E. Coughlin Many people are beginning to wonder who they should fear most - the Roosevelt-Churchill combination or the Hitler-Mussolini combination.
Theodore Roosevelt I have never liked Winston Churchill, but in view of what you tell me as to his admirable conduct and nerve in mobilizing the fleet, I do wish that if it comes your way you would extend to him my congratulations.
Aneurin Bevan He is a man suffering from petrified adolescence.
William F. Buckley Jr. Regan’s greatness as a rhetorician was in his delivery not in the content of what he said as with Churchill and Roosevelt.
Joseph Goebbels A revolting, fat, beast.
Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon The United States is like a giant steam generator. Once the fire has been lighted under it, there is no limit to the amount of power it can generate.
Dean Acheson Mr. [Winston] Churchill has been one of the few—the very few—who have significantly and beneficently affected the course of events … How seldom can this be said of anyone.
Arthur Balfour I thought he [Winston Churchill] was a young man of promise, but it appears he was a young man of promises.
Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook Our cock won’t fight.
Isaiah Berlin The largest human being of our time.
Aneurin Bevan He [Winston Churchill] is a man suffering from petrified adolescence.
Aneurin Bevan He [Winston Churchill] refers to a defeat as a disaster as though it came from God, but to a victory as though it came from himself.
Aneurin Bevan The mediocrity of his [Winston Churchill's] thinking is concealed by the majesty of his language.... He mistakes verbal facilities for mental inspiration.
Neville Chamberlain I consider your remarks highly offensive to me and to those with whom I have been working.
Neville Chamberlain It doesn’t make things easier badgered for a meeting of Parliament by the two Oppositions & Winston [Churchill] who is the worst of the lot.
Winston Churchill I need some more to drink. I have a war to fight.
Mohandas K. Gandhi Churchill and Hitler are striving to change the nature of their respective countrymen by forcing and hammering violent methods on them. Man may be suppressed in this manner but he cannot be changed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi What is a war criminal? Was not war itself a crime against God and humanity, and, therefore, were not all those who sanctioned, engineered, and conducted wars, war criminals? War criminals are not confined to the Axis Powers alone. Roosevelt and Churchill are no less war criminals than Hitler and Mussolini.
Harold MacMillan [Winston] Churchill was fundamentally what the English call unstable—by which they mean anybody who has that touch of genius which is inconvenient in normal times.
John F. Kennedy He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.
Joseph Goebbels News of Churchill. He is said to be in a very depressed state, spending the entire day smoking and drinking. This is the kind of enemy we need.
William Waldegrave Palmer The substitute of oil for coal is impossible because oil does not exist in this world in sufficient quantities.
Barbara Pym Winston Churchill will be better for this war – as Hilary [her sister] said, he is such an old beast! The Germans loathe and fear him and I believe he can do it.
Frances Stevenson He certainly does not lack self-confidence – in fact if he had a little less he might think a little more before he acts & speaks. One cannot help being fascinated by him, although I cannot bring myself to like him.
Joseph P. Kennedy Winston Churchill is an entirely bellicose individual…no long term views
David Rockefeller We don’t have leaders like Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt or Nelson Mandella in politics today. If we are to go forward in the world, new leaders will have to emerge.
Clement Attlee I must remind the right honorable gentleman that a monologue is not a decision.
Simplicissimus Believe me, Winston, that hat fits you perfectly. You are going gradually have to get used to me leading you.
Illustrierter Beobachter We knew the old liar drank a lot, but now we know just how much: 'He begins the morning with a sherry, then has a bottle of Burgundy with lunch. He often has a glass of port after lunch, but always one after dinner. There is whiskey in the afternoon and Champagne with dinner. Then some more port, and a glass of Cognac. As the night goes on, a whiskey and soda...'
George Bernard Shaw I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.
David Alexander Cecil Low Gad, sir, Churchill is right. The Govt. has evidently made an irrevocable decision to be guided by circumstances with a firm hand.
Andrew Roberts Churchill would spend as many hours practicing as there were minutes in the speech.
Niall Ferguson Winston Churchill was willing to tell the people what they didn’t want to hear, and pay the political price for it…. That kind of leadership we don’t seem to have anymore.
William Raymond Manchester Actors who have tried to play Churchill and MacArthur have failed abysmally because each of those men was a great actor playing himself.
Josip Broz Tito Churchill, he is a great man. He is, of course, our enemy and has always been the enemy of Communism, but he is an enemy one must respect, an enemy one likes to have.
Robert M. Gates Any time you see a straight line on a map of the Middle East, Winston Churchill probably drew it.
Stanley Baldwin If there is going to be a war – and no one can say that there is not – we must keep him fresh to be our war Prime Minister
Frederick Elwin Smith Birkenhead Churchill has spent the best years of his life preparing impromptu remarks.
Eric Fredrick Lindley Wood Halifax Winston talks the most frightful rot.
Adolf Hitler [Winston] Churchill is a Jew-ridden, half American, drunkard.
Herbert Henry Asquith Winston, who has got on all his war-paint, is longing for a sea battle in the early hours of tomorrow morning… The whole thing fills me with sadness.
Harry Hopkins Hitler does not wait for congress.
Harry Hopkins Mr. Churchill, I don’t give a damn about your cottages. I have come over here to see how I help you beat this fellow Hitler.
Harry Hopkins Whither thou goist, I will go … even to the end.
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(During a long speech in Parliament by Labour M. P. John Foster, Churchill dropped his head on his chest and closed his eyes. Foster criticized his "Right Honourable Opponent" for being asleep. Churchill shot back:) I wish to God I were! (Another Labour M. P. asked Mr. Churchill if he must fall asleep during his speech. Churchill replied:) No, it is purely voluntary. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
(Thomas Babington Macaulay's History of England was so full of errors of fact and interpretation that:) It is beyond our hopes to overtake Lord Macaulay.... We can only hope that Truth will follow swiftly enough to fasten the label "Liar" to his genteel coattails. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
(When British troops were still garrisoned in Egypt, Nasser requested arms from the United States.) You can't give them (the Egyptians) arms with which to kill British soldiers who fought shoulder to shoulder with you in the war (World War II.) Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
... a lust for peace. War & Peace
... a modest man. He has every reason to be modest. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
... combines a limited outlook with strong qualities of resistance. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
... the most unselfish and unsordid financial act or any country in all history. Foreign Aid
[American colonists] had no common national tradition except that against which they were revolting. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
[Describing the French army:] the poop of the French nation. Military & Veterans
[General Charles George "Chinese"] Gordon, as a political figure was absolutely hopeless. He was so erratic, capricious, utterly unreliable, his mood changed so often, his temper was abominable, he was frequently drunk, and yet with all he had a tremendous sense of honor and great abilities. Leaders & Leadership
[John] Foster Dulles is the only case I know of a bull who carries his china shop with him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain] has appealed for sacrifice. The nation is prepared for every sacrifice so long as it has leadership …. I say solemnly that the Prime Minister should give an example of sacrifice because there is nothing which can contribute more to victory in this war than that he should sacrifice the seals of office. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… a crippled, broken world War & Peace
… a purely hypothetical contingency War & Peace
… a seditious faker. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… an enemy within the gates, doing more harm than good. Media, Journalism & The Press
… not pretty or romantic but great and utilitarian. Miscellaneous
… that bloody invention… they could wipe out the whole world Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
… vain and malignant Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A commitment in Iraq was inevitable. We had to establish a base at Basra, and control that port to safeguard Persian oil in case of need. Energy
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. Human Nature ;Miscellaneous
A few years ago nationalization was the solution to most of our problems. Now, and keep this to yourself, it is an utter flop. Public Works & Natural Resources
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet. Leaders & Leadership
A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward. History
A sheep in sheep's clothing Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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 opposite effect. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
A speaker said that this was a time when leaders should keep their ears to the ground. All I can say is that the British nation will find it very hard to look up to leaders who are detected in that somewhat ungainly posture. Leaders & Leadership
All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom; Justice; Honor; Duty; Mercy; Hope. Miscellaneous
All we can do is apply the physical stimuli which we have at our disposal to bring about a change of mind in these recalcitrant persons. Of this you may be sure: we shall continue to operate on the Italian donkey at both ends, with a carrot and a stick. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
All we can say is that with hundreds of thousands of nebulae, each containing thousands of millions of suns, the odds are enormous that there must be immense numbers which possess planets whose circumstances would not render life impossible. If we are sufficiently self-centered and choose to deny that any of these support life, no one can prove we are wrong. But I, for one, am not so immensely impressed by the success we are making of our civilization here that I am prepared to think we are the only spot in this immense universe which contains living, thinking creatures, or that we are the highest type of mental and physical development which has ever appeared in the vast compass of space and time. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
America has saved the world. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. Diplomacy & Diplomats
An armed Communist advances against you and you react against him. Therefore, you are a reactionary! Defense & National Security
An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door was opened, Clement Atlee got out/ Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
And you, madam, are ugly, but I shall be sober in the morning. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Are there not other alternatives than sending our armies to chew barbed wire in Flanders. No doubt several hundred thousand men will be spent to satisfy the military mind in the point. War & Peace
Are we beasts? Are we taking this too far? War & Peace
At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper — no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly palliate the overwhelming importance of that point. Democracies & Republics
At Washington I found the extraordinary significance if China in American minds. [It] accorded China almost equal fighting power with the British Empire and rated the Chinese [Nationalist] armies as a factor to be mentioned in the same breath and the armies of Russia. I told the President how much I felt American opinion overestimated the China would make to the general war. He differed strongly. War & Peace
Battles are the principle milestones in secular history. History
Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Certainly I shall not be one of those who, having gained power, do not wish to use it. Power
Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe. United Nations
Conflict with our allies in a war is terrible. But the only thing worse is fighting a war without allies. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Courage is the most important of the virtues because it is the one that makes all the others possible. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Human Nature
Decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. Democracies & Republics
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry. Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Do not criticize your government when out of the country. Never cease to do so when at home. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Don’t look down over here Clement. Whenever you see something large, private and working well, you want to nationalize it. Management & Managing Government
Don't be content with things as they are. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash. Military & Veterans
Empires just don’t bargain. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Every American has to go to bed on a mattress. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Everyone is in favor of free speech ... but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage. Freedom & Liberty
Facts are better than dreams. Miscellaneous
For four hundred years the foreign policy of England has to oppose the strongest, most aggressive, most dominating Power on the Continent … War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
For the first time in my life I found myself without an office, without a party and without an appendix. Voters, Voting & Elections
France though armed to the teeth is pacifist to the core. War & Peace
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
General Montgomery is the most irritating man I ever met. I have an idea that he might irritate the Germans even more however. Leaders & Leadership
Germany is organized not only for war but for peace. We are organized for nothing except party politics. Political Parties & Machines
Great and good are seldom the same man. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Great quarrels, it has been well said, arise from small occasions but seldom from small causes. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
He [Aneurin Bevan] will be as great a curse to this country in peace as he was a squalid nuisance in time of war. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He [Clement Attlee] is a modest little man with much to be modest about. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He [Lord Rosebery] would not stoop [to common politics]; he did not conquer. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
He is one of those orators of whom it was well said, `Before they get up to speak they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they sit down, they do not know what they have said.' Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He is the greatest man I have ever known. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He need not get so angry because the House laughs at him: he ought to be pleased when they only laugh at him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Headmasters have powers at their disposal which Prime Ministers have never yet been invested. Power
His colleagues [cannot] compare with him in that acuteness and energy of mind with which he devotes himself to so many topics injurious to the strength and welfare of the state. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it. History
Hitler—this bloodthirsty guttersnipe. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. 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. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I am a Zionist! States. Nations & Nationhood
I am bored with it all. Miscellaneous
I am deeply concerned about Iraq…. At present we are paying eight millions a year for the privilege of living on an ungrateful volcano out of which we are in no circumstances to get anything worth having …. There is scarcely a single newspaper --Tory, Liberal or Labour -- which is not consistently hostile to our remaining in this country… any alternative Government that might be formed here - Labour, Die-hard or Wee Free - would gain popularity by ordering instant evacuation. Moreover in my own heart I do not see what we are getting out of it.. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I am no enthusiast for the TV age, in which I fear mass thought and action will be taken too much in charge of by machinery. Media, Journalism & The Press
I am not invested with dictatorial powers. If I were, I should be quite ready to dictate. Power
I am not sufficiently conceited to think that my sun is the only one with a family of planets and, therefore, that our little earth is unique. Once we admit that the other stars probably also have planets, at any rate a goodly proportion of them, it is more than likely that a large fraction of these will be the right size to keep on their surface water and, possibly, an atmosphere of some sort; and, furthermore, at the proper distance from their parent sun, to maintain a suitable temperature. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is ready for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Religion & God
I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes Energy ;War & Peace
I am utterly opposed to anything which will alter the Free Trade character of this country. Foreign Trade
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I could hardly be called a pillar of the [Anglican] Church. I am more in the nature of a buttress, for I support it from the outside. Religion & God
I decline utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I do not at all wonder that British youth is in revolt against the morbid doctrine that nothing matters but the equal sharing of miseries, that what used to be called the ‘submerged tenth’ can only be rescued by bringing the other nine-tenths down to their level…
I do not hold that we should rearm in order to fight. I hold that we should rearm in order to parley. Defense & National Security
I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare. It is sheer affectation to lacerate a man with the poisonous fragment of a bursting shell and to boggle at making his eyes water by means of lachrymatory gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes. Military & Veterans
I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and this trial. Leaders & Leadership
I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents. I have always set myself not merely to relish but to deserve thoroughly their censure. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have left the obvious, essential fact to this point, namely, that it is the Russian Armies who have done the main work in tearing the guts out of the German army. War & Peace
I have never seen a human being who more perfectly represented the modern conception of a robot. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. Leaders & Leadership ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I must confess, sir, I held you in very low regard. I loathed your taking the place of Franklin Roosevelt. I misjudged you badly. Since that time, you more than any other man, have saved Western civilization. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I need some more to drink. I have a war to fight. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
I never do any brainwork that anyone else can do for me Management & Managing Government
I should drag in the United States. War & Peace
I should think it hardly possible to state the opposite of the truth with more precision. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I simply say 'God damn them all,' and then I sleep like a baby. Media, Journalism & The Press
I want no criticism of America at my table. The Americans criticize themselves more than enough. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I was one of the earliest supporters of Daylight Saving. I gave it my voice and my vote in Parliament at a time when powerful interests and bitter and tenacious prejudices were leagued against it, and while the mass of the population was either indifferent or scornful…. These advantages seem so clear and obvious today, that it is difficult to realize and recapture the mood in which the idea of summer time was received when, early in the 20th century … Miscellaneous
I went to bed and slept the sleep of the saved and thankful. War & Peace
I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If Hitler invaded Hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If I had been an Italian, I am sure that I should have been wholeheartedly with you (Mussolini) from start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial appetites and passions of Leninism Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
If only I could dine with Stalin once a week, there would be no trouble at all. Diplomacy & Diplomats
If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing our future. Miscellaneous
If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no brain. Liberals & Conservatives
In Franklin Roosevelt there died the greatest American friend we have ever known and the greatest champion of freedom who has ever brought help and comfort from the New World to the Old. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In handing over to the government of India to these so-called political classes [The Indian Congress Party], we are handing over to men of straw of whom in a few years no trace will remain. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. History
In Natal our chief difficulty had not been to kill the rebellious natives, but to prevent our Colonists (who so thoroughly understood native wars) from killing too many of them. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In war you don’t have to be nice, you just have to be right. War & Peace
In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. War & Peace
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should be attended by a bodyguard of lies. War & Peace
India is a geographical term. It is no more of a united nation than the equator. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
India is merely a geographical expression. It is no more a single country than the Equator Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
It becomes still more difficult to reconcile Japanese action with prudence or even sanity. What kind of people do they think we are? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It could not, in the opinion of His Majesty's Government, be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
It is certainly refreshing to feel, at any rate, that this is a Parliament where half the nation will not be able to ride rough-shod over the other half. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is most important to attract neutral shipping to our shores in the hope that the United States will become embroiled in the war. Miscellaneous
It is nauseating to see Mr.[Mohandas K.] Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the East, striding half naked up the steps of the Viceregal Palace, while he is still organizing and conducting a defiant campaign of civil disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the King Emperor. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It is probable that extraterrestrial life existed somewhere in the universe.... I am not sufficiently conceited to think that my sun is the only one with a family of planets. I, for one, am not so immensely impressed by the success we are making of our civilization here that I am prepared to think we are the only spot in this immense universe which contains living, thinking creatures,or that we are the highest type of mental and physical development which has ever appeared in the vast compass of space and time.
It is rash to set limits to the progress of science. A man who had maintained at Queen Victoria’s Jubilee that within fifty years one would fly the Atlantic in a matter of hours would have risked being certified and locked up; yet we have seen this happen, and in the circumstances I am not prepared to rule out with any confidence the possibility one day of journeys through space in vessels carrying supplies of food and oxygen to the moon and the nearer planets. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It it had not been for the loyalty and friendship of Northern Ireland we should have been forcd to come to close quarters with Mr. De Valera of perish forever from the earth. However, with a restraint and poise ti which … history will find few parallels, His Majesty’s Government never laid a violent hand upon them … and we left the Dublin Government to frolic with the Germans … to their hearts’ content. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It seems to me that the moment has come when the question of bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other pretexts, should be reviewed. Otherwise we should come into control of an utterly ruined land. Terrorism
It will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself. History
It would be a disaster if Russian barbarism overlaid the ancient states of Europe. History
It's the ability to foretell what will happen tomorrow, next month, and next year --- and to explain afterward why it didn't happen. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Jaw jaw is better than war war. Negotiating & Negotiations
Learn to get used to it . Eels get used to skinning. War & Peace
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. Management & Managing Government
Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let the grownups share in full their unstinted pleasure before we turn again to the stern task and formidable years that lie before us. Miscellaneous
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, 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. War & Peace
Logic is a poor guide compared with custom. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Meeting Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the first time was like having your first bottle of Champaign. Leaders & Leadership
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. Human Nature
My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after, and if need be during all meals and the intervals between them. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Negotiating is like trying to pick up mercury with a fork. Negotiating & Negotiations
Never give up! Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never!! Miscellaneous
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. War & Peace ;Citizenship & Patriotism ;Military & Veterans
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. Antiquated War Offices, weak, incompetent, or arrogant Commanders, untrustworthy allies, hostile neutrals, malignant Fortune, ugly surprises, awful miscalculations — all take their seats at the Council Board on the morrow of a declaration of war. Always remember, however sure you are that you could easily win, that there would not be a war if the other man did not think he also had a chance. War & Peace
No one seems to care for anything but about money today. Nothing is held of account except the bank accounts. Quality, education, civic distinction, public virtue seem each year to be valued less and less. Business, Commerce & Finance
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No socialist system can be formed without some form of political police – a Gestapo Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Nothing is more dangerous in wartime than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll… Public Opinion & Polling
Nothing is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. Guns & Gun Control
Nothing would induce me to vote for giving women the franchise. I am not going to be henpecked into a question of such importance. Voters, Voting & Elections
Now is your chance. Now or never. A nation once again. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
On no one country, on no one region, on no one route … must we depend for our oil supply. Energy ;Public Works & Natural Resources
Our intention is, whatever happens, to fight on to the end in this Island and, provided we can get the help for which we ask, we hope to run them very close in the air battles in view of individual superiority.... In no conceivable circumstances will we consent to surrender. If members of the present administration were finished and others came in to parley amid the ruins, you must not be blind to the fact that the sole remaining bargaining counter with Germany would be the fleet, and if this country was left by the United States to its fate no one would have the right to blame those responsible if they made the best terms they could for the surviving inhabitants. Excuse me, Mr. President, putting this nightmare bluntly. Evidently I could not answer for my successors who in utter despair and helplessness might well have to accommodate themselves to the German will. However, there is happily no need at present to dwell upon such ideas. Foreign Aid
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong. Miscellaneous
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong. Miscellaneous
Politics are almost as exciting as war. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is much more dangerous than war, because in war they can only kill you once. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Russia is like a hungry wolf let loose among the sheep. But after the feasting comes the digestion period. Russia will not be able to digest them all. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Safety and certainty in oil, lie in variety and variety alone. Energy ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent or vital has lasted. Everything I was sure or taught to be sure was impossible, has happened. Miscellaneous
Science is the cause. Her feeble groping fingers lifted here and there, often trampled underfoot, often frozen in isolation, have now become a vast organized, united, class-conscious army marching forward upon all the fronts toward objectives none may measure or define.
Set Europe ablaze! Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Sooner or later you will have to crush Gandhi and the Indian Congress and all they stand for. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Stand firm ... Carry on ... It may easily be some weeks before the invader has been destroyed. Miscellaneous
Study history. Study history. In history lie all the secrets of statecraft. History
Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts. Miscellaneous
Take India if that is what you want! Take it by all means! But I warn you that if I open the door a crack there would be the biggest bloodbath in history. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Tell the Lord Privy Seal that I am sealed in the privy and can only deal with one shit at a time. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
terminological inexactitude
That old town clerk looking at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
that slab-faced bastard. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
That’s right Clement. Every time you see something big, you want to nationalize it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The advantages and privileges which have hitherto enjoyed by the few shall be far more widely shared by the many. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The British and French cabinets … presented a front of two overripe melons crushed together, when what was needed was a gleam of steel. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The British Government is a strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The British people don’t want me anymore. Voters, Voting & Elections
The central fact which dominates the relations of Jew and non-Jew is that the Jew is 'different'. He looks different. He thinks differently. He has a different tradition and background. He refuses to be absorbed. Minorities & Women
The coming into being of a Jewish state ... is on event in world history to be viewed in the perspective not of a generation or a century, but in the perspective of a thousand, two thousand, or even three thousand years States. Nations & Nationhood
The culminating manifestation of naval force in the history of the world. Military & Veterans
The Czechoslovakian partition amounted to the complete surrender of the Western Democracies to the Nazi threat of force. War & Peace
The empires of the future are empires of mind. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The empires of the future are empires of the mind. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The family motto of the House of Marlborough from which I descend is Faithful but Unfortunate. But I, by my enterprise, nay daring, have reversed the motto, [to] Faithless but Fortunate. Slogans & Mottoes
The first lesson that you must learn is that, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The flame of Christian ethics is still our highest guide. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The further backward we look, the further forward we are likely to see. History
The future is unknowable, but the past may give us hope. History
The generals were fighting machine guns with the breasts of gallant men. War & Peace
The gift of a common tongue is a priceless inheritance and it may well some day become the foundation of a common citizenship. English, Languages & Bilingualism
The Government are defeated by thirty votes and then the Prime Minister rises in his place, utterly unabashed, the greatest living master of falling without hurting himself, and airily assures us that nothing has happened! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The greatest and the most horrible crime that has ever been committed in the history of the whole world. War & Peace
The Happy Warrior of Squandermania. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Hun [Germany] is always either at your throat or at your feet. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The idea that only a limited number of people can live in a country is profound illusion. It all depends on their cooperative and inventive power. Development & Growth
The important thing is the boldness of the President. He will lead opinion and not follow it. He does not want war but will not shrink from it. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism
The Jews are the most formidable and most remarkable race which has ever appeared in the world. Religion & God
The last time you and I sat across a conference table in Potsdam [July-August, 1945], I must confess Sir, I held you in very low regard. I loathed your taking the place of Franklin Roosevelt. I misjudged you badly. Since that time, you more than any other man have saved Western Civilization. Leaders & Leadership
The light of Asia Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward. History
The maintenance of naval supremacy is our foundation not only of the empire but of our freedom and our lives. Military & Veterans
The maxim ‘Nothing avails but perfection’ may be spelled shorter: ‘Paralysis.’ Management & Managing Government
The maxim of the British people is "Business as usual. Slogans & Mottoes
The moment approaches when we shall no longer be able to pay cash for shipping and other supplies.... I believe that von will agree that it would be wrong in principle and mutually disadvantageous in effect, if at the height of this struggle, Great Britain were to be divested of all saleable assets so that after victory was won with our blood, civilization saved, and time gained for the United States to be fully armed against all eventualities, we should stand stripped to the bone. Such a course would not be in the moral or economic interests of either of our countries.... You may be assured that we shall prove ourselves ready to suffer and sacrifice to the utmost for the Cause, and that we glory in being its champion. The rest we leave to you and to your people, being sure that ways and means will be found which future generations on both sides of the Atlantic will approve and admire. Foreign Aid ;Bureaucracy
The most advanced of them seemed hardly like human beings. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The national emergency no longer justifies abrogation of individual rights of Habeas Corpus and trial by jury on definite charges. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Newly established United Nations must be a force for action and not merely a frothing of words. United Nations
The object of Parliament is to substitute argument for fisticuffs. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The only plan was to persevere. War & Peace
The only weapon with which we can expect to cope with other great nations is the Navy. Defense & National Security
The pearl of Africa. States. Nations & Nationhood
The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it. Power ;Military & Veterans
The price of greatness is responsibility. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Prime Minister of Great Britain has nothing to hide from the President of the United States. Diplomacy & Diplomats
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult. War & Peace
The reason for having diplomatic relations [with Communist China] is not to confer a compliment, but to secure a convenience.... British policy has always been that you recognize when ... Government truly has control. It's not a question of whether you like them or not. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The reason for having diplomatic relations is not to confer a compliment, but to secure a convenience. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The redress of the grievances of the vanquished should precede the disarmament of the victors. War & Peace
The Russians will try all the rooms in a house, enter those that are not locked, and when they come to one that cannot be broken into, they will withdraw and invite you to dine genially that same evening. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The substance of the eminent Socialist gentleman's speech is that making a profit is a sin, but it is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss. Business, Commerce & Finance
The Times is speechless and takes three columns to express its speechlessness. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Townsend Plan is an attempt to mint the moonlight into silver and coin the sunshine into gold. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
The voice and force of the United States may count for nothing if they are withheld too long. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings. War & Peace
The wars of the peoples will be more terrible than those of kings. War & Peace
The Wizard War Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;War & Peace
The world has grown frightening small in compass. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There are few virtues which the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There are no people in the world who are so slow to develop hostile feelings against a foreign country as the Americans, and no people who, once estranged, are more difficult to win back. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There is no country in the world where the process of self-criticism and self-correction is more active than in the United States. States. Nations & Nationhood
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
There is no limit to the ingenuity of man if it is properly applied under conditions of peace and justice. Human Nature
There is one thing that will bring him back and bring him down and that is an absolutely devastating, exterminating attack by very heavy bombers from this company upon the Nazi homeland. War & Peace
They keep their own secrets alike from foe and friends Secrecy & Transparency
This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. War & Peace
This is the true glory, and long will it gleam upon our forward path. War & Peace
This wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred, this monstrous product of former wrongs and shame. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Those nations who fight on and are defeated rise again. Those nations that surrender are finished. War & Peace
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. War & Peace
Thus ended the great American Civil War, which upon the whole must be considered the noblest and least avoidable of all the great mass conflicts of which till then there was record. War & Peace
To become Prime Minister of the country at this time is nothing to be pleased about. We are beset with difficulties. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Uniformed defeatists Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Very few wars have been won by mere numbers alone. Quality, willpower, geographical advantages, natural and financial resources, the command of the sea, and above all a cause that rouses the spontaneous surgings of the human spirit… Defense & National Security
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. Military & Veterans
Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong—these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history. History
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders. War & Peace
We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed, to forget the feuds of a thousand years. Miscellaneous
We are going to liberate Europe, but that’s because the Americans are with us to do it. For, understand this, every time we must choose between Europe and the open sea, we will always choose the open sea. Every time that I have to choose between you and Roosevelt, I will always choose Roosevelt. States. Nations & Nationhood
We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty. Miscellaneous
We cannot enjoy peace on our island, or you in your continent, unless Europe is at peace. Miscellaneous
We cannot menace the peace of a single continental hamlet no matter how great our supreme navy may become but the … whole fortunes of our race and empire … would perish and be utterly swept away if our naval supremacy were to be impaired. It is the British navy which makes Great Britain a great power. Defense & National Security
We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. Taxes
We have sustained a defeat without a war. Diplomacy & Diplomats
We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We must all turn our backs upon the horrors of the past. We must look to the future. We cannot afford to drag forward cross the years that are to come the hatreds and revenges which have sprung from the injuries of the past. History
We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges. Miscellaneous
We must build a kind of United States of Europe. States. Nations & Nationhood
We seek no profit, we covet no territory or aggrandizement. We expect no reward and we will accept no compromise. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. …. We shall fight on the beaches … we shall fight in the fields and in the streets … we shall never surrender. War & Peace
We shape a building and thereafter the building shapes us. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
We were in the presence of a new factor in human affairs. We possessed powers which were irresistible ... our outlook on the future was transformed. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Well Dr. Weizmann, we need 30 thousand tons of acetone. Can you make it?. Military & Veterans
What is the true and original root of Dutch [Boer] aversion to British rule? It is the abiding fear and hatred of the movement that seeks to place the native on a level with the white man ... the Kaffir is to be declared the brother of the European, to be constituted his legal equal, to be armed with political rights. Equality & Equal Opportunity
What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
What is to their detriment is to our advantage. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
When I am abroad I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the Government of my country. I make up for lost time when I am at home. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
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 Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Why hasn’t Gandhi died yet? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Will the shutting out of foreign goods increase the total amount of wealth in this country? Can foreign nations grow rich at our expense by selling us goods under cost price? Can a people tax themselves into prosperity? Can a man stand in a bucket and lift himself up by the handle? Foreign Trade
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Words are the only things that last forever. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
World Habeas Corpus is the difference between civilization and tyranny. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You [America] may be larger, and we [Britain] may be older. You may be the stronger; sometime we may be the wiser. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You are so aggressive that not content with struggling against Germany, Italy and Japan, you want to take on Britain and America. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You ask what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, be sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us…. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer that in one word: It is victory, victory at all cost, victory in spite of all terror, victory no matter ho long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. War & Peace
You may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman, or the most audacious soldier. Put them at a table together—what do you get? The sum of their fears. Military & Veterans
You must come into the war if you are to survive. War & Peace
You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken – unspeakable fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Truth
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
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.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him. War & Peace
A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure. Society
Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham.
Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.
Eating words has never given me indigestion.
Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank. Power
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself. History
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
History is written by the victors. History
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. History
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
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.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod. Business, Commerce & Finance
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Death
I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
I like a man who grins when he fights.
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. Morning ;Humor
I never worry about action, but only inaction.
I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside. Citizenship & Patriotism
If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
If it weren't for painting, I wouldn't live; I couldn't bear the extra strain of things.
If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
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.
If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. Future
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
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. Time ;Communication & Communications
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. Respect ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If you're going through hell, keep going. Motivation
I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.
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. Life
In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.
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. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies. Truth ;War & Peace
India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. Government
It is a fine game to play - the game of politics - and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. Time
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see. Future
It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive. Power
It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. Success
It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion's heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.
Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. Truth ;Time
Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Truth
Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. Families, Children & Parenting
My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them. Life
My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
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 hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Never, never, never give up. Motivation
'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
No crime is so great as daring to excel.
No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye. Time
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. Life
One does not leave a convivial party before closing time. Time
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!
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church would suit me better.
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Failure
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. Nature
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. Business, Commerce & Finance
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. History
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Failure ;Success
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Success
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.
The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst. Respect
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. Future
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.
The first quality that is needed is audacity.
The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. Power
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.
The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. Truth
There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
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.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. Time
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. Communication & Communications
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. War & Peace
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
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.
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
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.
Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong - these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history. History
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. War & Peace
We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.
We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
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.
We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect. Respect
We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Life
We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Truth
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. War & Peace
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?
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. Time ;Government
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin. War & Peace
When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise. War & Peace
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. Life