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The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech at Harvard University, Sept. 6, 1943

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, The Story of the Malakand Field Force

Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, Nov. 11, 1947

Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, While England Slept

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, May 13, 1940

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?

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, October 10, 1908

I think a curse should rest on me — because I love this war. I know it's smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment — and yet — I can't help it — I enjoy every second of it.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, letter to a friend, 1916

In time of war, when truth is so precious, it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, The Second World War, Volume V: Closing the Ring

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, Aug. 20, 1940

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.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, Nov. 29, 1944

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

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech to Royal Academy of Art, 1953

For myself I am an optimist -- it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech, Nov. 9, 1954

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

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, Oct. 22, 1945

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.


I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, attributed, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

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, speech in the House of Commons, Feb. 27, 1945

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Winston Churchill's Great Quotation Book: From Alamein to Zest for Life

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No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, My Early Life: 1874-1904 (Churchill, 1930)

When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, letter to the Japanese Ambassador, Dec. 8, 1941

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Winston Churchill's Great Quotation Book: From Alamein to Zest for Life

For my own part 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.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Institute of Journalists Dinner, Nov. 17, 1906, attributed, Churchill by Himself (Langworth, 2008)

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

WINSTON CHURCHILL, attributed, Physics, God, and the End of the World (Wright, 2006)

A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, "The Defence of Freedom and Peace (The Lights are Going Out)", radio broadcast, Oct. 16, 1938

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Winston Churchill's Great Quotation Book: From Alamein to Zest for Life

When you have got a thing where you want, it is a good thing to leave it where it is.


Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, May 17, 1916

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, My Early Life: A Roving Commission

If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, to his personal secretary John Colville the evening before the German invasion of the Soviet Union, attributed, The Greatest Battle (Nagorski, 2007)

A cat looks down upon a man, and a dog looks up to a man, but a pig will look a man in the eye and see his equal.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, attributed, Churchill by Himself (Langworth, 2008)

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Winston Churchill's Great Quotation Book: From Alamein to Zest for Life

Where my reason, imagination or interest were not engaged, I would not or I could not learn.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, My Early Life: A Roving Commission

The world looks with some awe upon a man who appears unconcernedly indifferent to home, money, comfort, rank, or even power and fame. The world feels not without a certain apprehension, that here is someone outside its jurisdiction; someone before whom its allurements may be spread in vain; some one strangely enfranchised, untamed, untrammelled by convention, moving independent of the ordinary currents of human action.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech at the unveiling of a memorial to T. E. Lawrence, Oct. 3, 1936

The object of Parliament is to substitute argument for fisticuffs.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, Jun. 6, 1951

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 CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, Jun. 18, 1940

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.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech at Harrow School in Harrow, England, Oct. 29, 1941

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