151 Of The Best Winston Churchill Quotes!

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Winston Churchill was a lot of things. Clever, quick witted, a warrior, a leader and a visionary. He had a way with words that was delivered with courage and honestly and a lot of time times with great humor. He lived an amazingly bold life and left behind some wisdom for the ages. Here are some of the most famous Winston Churchill quotes in existence.

  1. Never, never, never give up! – Churchill

  2. If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

  3. We make a living my what we get, but we make a life by what we give.- Winston Churchill

  4. History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill

  5. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

  6. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill

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

  8. Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions. – Winston Churchill

  9. “Play the game. For more than you can afford to lose. Only then will you learn the game.” – Winston Churchill

  10. Success in to final and failure isn’t fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

  11. “History is just one damned thing after another.” – Winston Churchill

  12. For a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a buck and trying to lift himself up by the handle. – Winston Churchill

  13. 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 says anything back, that is an outrage. – Winston Churchill

  14. If you want the final say in an argument, just tell your opponent: “I suppose your right.” – Winston Churchill

  15. “The first duty of 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.” Winston Churchill

  16. When youth departs, may wisdom prove enough. – Winston Churchill

  17. 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. – Winston Churchill

  18. A man does what he must in spite of personal consequences. In spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures and tat is the basis of all human morality. – Winston Churchill

  19. Tact, the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.- Winston Churchill

  20. I may be drunk miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. – Winston Churchill

  21. “No crime is so great as daring to excel.” – Winston Churchill

  22. “Broadly speaking, short worlds are the best and old words when short, are the best of all.” – Winston Churchill

  23. “Don’t not let spacious plans for a new world diver you energies from saving what is left of the old.” – Winston Churchill

  24. “In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything this is sound is disagreeable.” – Winston Churchill

  25. “All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.” – Winston Churchill

  26. “It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.” – Winston Churchill

  27. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” – Winston Churchill

  28. “I’ve never developed indigestion from eating my words.” – Winston Churchill

  29. “We shape our dwellings after our dwellings shape us.” – Winston Churchill

  30. “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.” – Winston Churchill

  31. “We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic.”- Winston Churchilll

  32. “If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best grace possible.”- Winston Churchill

  33. “Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.” – Winston Churchill

  34. 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 Churchill

  35. “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” – Winston Churchill

  36. “The English never draw a line without blurring it” – Winston Churchill

  37. “The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are not less difficult.”- Winston Churchill

  38. This report at very length defends itself against the risk of being read. – Winston Churchill

  39. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed 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. – Winston Churchill

  40. “Let us therefore embrace ourselves to our duties and to bear ourselves that if British EMpire and it’s commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: “This was their finest hour.” – Winston Churchill

  41. “Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty. The dram of human life would be destroyed.”- Winston Churchill

  42. “Don’t let us speak of darker days, let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days, these are great days. The great days our country has ever lived.” – WInston Churchill

  43. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Scoialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the reed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. – Winston Churchill

  44. Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending, sit down.” – Winston Churhcill

  45. “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.” – Winston Churchill

  46. “I do not admit wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that 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.” – Winston Churchill

  47. “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.” – Winston Churchill

  48. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either a child, a wife or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery unitl the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. – Winston Churchill

  49. You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something in your life. – Winston Churchill

  50. “Every day you make progress, every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever lengthening, ever ascending, every 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 of the glory of the climb.” – Winston Churchill

  51. “There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do and for making certain of what you try. But this principle, like others in life and war, has it’s exceptions.” – Winston Churchill

  52. “A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure.”- Winston Churchill

  53. “The statesman who yields to war fever must realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.” – Winston Churchill

  54. “In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I always found it a wholesome diet.” – Winston Churchill

  55. “Of course when you are winning a war, almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.” – Winston Churchill

  56. “Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.” – Winston Churchill

  57. Politics is not a game but a serious business. – Winston Churchill

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

  59. This is no time for comfort and ease. It is time to dare and endure. – Winston Churchill

  60. You are the master of your unspoken words but a slave to the words you have spoken. – Winston Churchill

  61. “The English know how to make the best of things. Their so-called muddling through is simply a skill at dealing with the inevitable.”- WInston Churchill

  62. Americans will always do the right thing, after exhausting all of the alternatives. – Winston Churchill

  63. To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often. – Winston Churchill

  64. We don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. – Winston Churchill

  65. Continuous effort, not strength is the key to unlocking our potential. – Winston Churchill

  66. Politics is the ability to fortell 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. – Winston Churchill

  67. The British are the only nation in the world who like to be told that things are worse than ever. – Winston Churchill

  68. “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.” – Winston Churchill

  69. “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill

  70. “It is a good thing for an uneducated man  to read a book of quotations.” – Winston Churchill

  71. There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. – Winston Churchill

  72. The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Churchill

  73. The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. – Winston Churchill

  74. “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill

  75. “Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once. But in politics, many times.” – Winston Churchill

  76. The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school. – Winston Churchill

  77. Christmas is a season of not only rejoicing but of reflection. – Winston Churchill

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

  79. Never in the history of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. – Winston Churchill

  80. “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. Never run away from anything.” -Winston Churchill

  81. “The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it but there it is.” – Winston Churchill

  82. “We shall never fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us tools and will finish the job.” – Winston Churchill

  83. The first step is to be honest, and then be noble. – Winston Churchill

  84. It is always wise to look ahead but difficult to look further than you can see.

  85. My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. – Winston Churchill

  86. “Keep England white is a good slogan.” – Winston Churchill

  87. “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes.” – Winston Churchill

  88. Although I am quite content with existing explosives I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement. – Winston Churchill

  89. “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

  90. “I hate Indians. They are beastly people with beastly religion.”- Winston Churchill

  91. “Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy or that anyone who embards on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to the 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.” – Winston Churchill

  92. There are two things that are more difficult than making an after dinner speech. Climbing a wall which is lean toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you. – Winston Churchill

  93. “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.” – Winston Churchill

  94. 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. – Winston Churchill

  95. I have an important point to make. Don’t be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. It the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit is a third time. A tremendous whack. – Winston Churchill

  96. “One ought never to turn ones 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.” -Winston Churchill

  97. “Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.” – Winston Churchill

  98. If you are not a liberal when you are young, you have no heart and if you are not a conservative when you are old, you have no brain! – Winston Churchill

  99. You will not reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. – Winston Churchill

  100. “It is a find thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.” – Winston Churchill

  101. “When the eagle is silent, the parrots begin to jabber.” – Winston Churchill

  102. You ask what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God gave us to wage ware against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory at all costs. Victory in spite of terror. Victory and however long and hard the road may be for without victory, there is no survival. – Winston Churchill

  103. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as it nothing every happened. – Winston Churchill

  104. Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. – Winston Churchill

  105. “I try not to look to far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” – Winston Churchill

  106. Al men make mistakes but only wise men learn from their mistakes. – Winston Churchill

  107. I am easily satisfied with the very best. – Winston Churchill

  108. “Conserve energy. Never stand up when you can sit down and never stand when you can lie down.” – Winston Churchill

  109. “We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.” – Winston Churchill

  110. “We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” – Winston Churchill

  111. “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” – Winston Churchill

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

  113. “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” – Winston Churchill

  114. 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 often no longer strong.” – Winston Churchill

  115. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.”- Winston Churchill

  116. “A good speech is like a woman’s skirt. Long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” – Winston Churchill

  117. “War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.” – Winston Churchill

  118. “I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Winston Churchill

  119. Lady – “If I was your wife sir, I would poison your coffee. Churchill – “If I was your husband, I’d drink it.” – Winston Churchill

  120. “If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” – Winston Churchill

  121. “An appeaser is one who fees a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” – WInston Churchill

  122. It is not enough to do our best, sometimes we have to do what is required.” – Winston Churchill

  123. “Sure I am of this, that is you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves, and to save all those who rely upon you. You have only the right to go on, and at the end of the road, be it short or long, victory and honor will be found.” – Winston Churchill

  124. “Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed as strong only because he has remained silent.” – Winston Churchill

  125. “All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single world. Freedom, Justice, Honour, Duty, Mercy and Hope.”- Winston Churchill

  126. “Do or do not, there is no try.” – Winston Churhcill

  127. “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” – Winston Churchill

  128. “We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow-worm.”- Winston Churchill

  129. “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” – Winston Churchill

  130. “I like things to happen, and if they don’t I make them happen

  131. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get it’s pants on.” – Winston Churchill

  132. “A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.”- Winston Churchill

  133. Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill

  134. “We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.” – Winston Churchill

  135. “However beautiful the strategy, you should occassionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill

  136. “Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they are not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”- Winston Churchill

  137. In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” – “Winston Churchill

  138. “I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.” – Winston Churchill

  139. “Employ the time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” – Winston Churchill

  140. “What it adequacy? Adequacy is having no standard at all.” – Winston Churchill

  141. “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” – Winston Churchill

  142. “I never worry about action, but only inaction.” – Winston Churchill

  143. “I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great notel land which sticks up out of the Atlantic.” – Winston Churchill

  144. “Personally I am always ready to learn, but I don’t like being taught.” – Winston Churchill

  145. “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.” – Winston Churchill

  146. I cannot forecast to you the action of RussiaIt is a riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside an enigma.” – Winston Churchill

  147. “Give us tools and we will finish the job.”  Winston Churchill

  148. “Centuries ago words were written to be a call and a spur to the faithful servants of truth and justice. Arm yourselves and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict. for it is better four us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the will of God in Heaven even so let it be.” – Winston Churchill

  149. “This is not war of chieftains or of princes, of dynasties or national ambition. It is war of the popels and causes. There are vast numbers, not only in this island, but in every land, who will render faithful service in this war but whose names will never be known, whose deeds will never be recorded. This is a war of the Unknown Warriors. But let all strive without failing in faith or in duty and the dark curse of Hitler will be lifted from our age.” – Winston Churchill

  150. “Open amenities are often opening inanities.” – Winston Churchill

  151. “There is in the act of preparing, the moment you start caring.” – Winston Churchill

  152. “A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.” – Winston Churchill

    “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened,” – Winston Churchill 

10 Lessons We Learned From Winston Churchill

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

This is such a good life lesson we all need to learn. We all fall on super rough times, but when we give up, we lose. Not only to we lose, but we don’t grow from it.

If we can use the battery ram philosophy that Winston Churchill emulated, we can push through hell and end up better on the outside.

Don’t hesitate or think, just keep going and your bound to make it through, sooner our later.

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” – Winston Churchill

Now this one took a couple reads to hit me, but when it hits you, it slaps you right across the face! Now we all remember how cool it was as a kid when we flew our first kite. How magical it was. It took a few times to get it in the air as well as a few nose dive crash and burns.

But after we get the hang of it, it sails up in the air, against the wind! The same is true about life. The more opposition we receive, the higher we can climb. The more adversity we experience, the more we are able to use to propel us to greater heights. If we let it do so.

Use the shitty times to reflect on and use when you feel like giving up. Whether it is to prove someone wrong, coming back from being sick, or just fed up living the way you are living. Comeback and comeback harder than ever and rise as high as your strings will allow you.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.- Winston Churchill

We all want to leave a legacy but often times get so caught up in trying t accumulate things. Things are great, don’t get me wrong. But it is when we give and do some from a loving place is where we create a life worth living.

It is when we are giving that we are truly happiest. Whatever you want in life, you must give it first to get it.

This is thought provoking enough to really question what we are doing everyday and evaluate whether it is bringing not only those around us, but ourselves, true happiness.

“I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Winston Churchill

We are all going to die right? Why not look at it in a comical sense that Winston Churchill does. Also when we are prepared to die and not afraid, we can truly live. We can also live with passion and without regard for what people think of us.

This is because the fear of death is where all fears stem from. I don’t think anyone can beat the fear of death completely, but the more we view it as comical and just a sort of passing, the more we are able to break through our deep, innate fears, and allow us to transcend our limits on this earth.

A quote reminds me of this:

“Don’t take life to serious, it’s not like your going to make it out alive!”

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

This is key to success in life. Good things will happens when we are in action. Newtons 1st laws states “An object in motion tends to stay in motion.” and it’s counterpart say “An object at rest tends to stay at rest.” Isn’t this true about our lives?

When we are moving regardless or whether we are scared, anxious, depressed or any other horrible feelings that plague us. We achieve more and things sort of naturally fall into our lives. Some people may even see it as luck.

But when we are at rest, be justify reasons to be at rest. It leads to more time staying in a resting state in every area in our life, including mentally.

“If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best grace possible.”- Winston Churchill

We all do things that can make us look like an absolute jackass. This is the painful truth. But when we can humble ourselves and simply laugh at ourselves or admit our faults, people respect it. We also look a lot better than trying to cover for ourselves, or continue to act like we still aren’t wrong.

Submit in style, but only if you have to, never before then!

“What it adequacy? Adequacy is having no standard at all.” – Winston Churchill

What tends to happen in life when we have standards? We leave ourselves open for being disappointed. The higher the standards, the higher the possibility for disappointment.

Have you ever been in a relationship that you had such high expectations for, but for whatever reason(s) it didn’t work out? Who hasn’t right? We put so much emphasis on it because of OUR expectations.

I am not saying to not have standards, always have standards. But feel a sense of adequacy for what things are. Only then when we accept our present circumstances, can we really experience change and growth in a big way.

It also allows you to see things as they are, not for what you want them to to.

“All men make mistakes but only wise men learn from their mistakes”. – Winston Churchill

We can grow a ton if we simply learn from our mistakes and not repeat them. Although it is often necessary to hit rock bottom countless times before changing our behavior, we may refrain from the pain that comes from hitting rock bottom by checking our pride at the door and learn from our mistakes right away.

We will also experience wisdom that we wouldn’t have if we do grow from our mistakes. Wisdom that we can use to grow our character as well as pass on to help people.

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill

Now if this doesn’t hit home I don’t know what will. It certainly does for myself. How many times have we spent some much time worrying and then the thing were worried would happen didn’t happen??

I know I have done this countless times. But if we start planning and being proactive that the time we would spend worry, we can take proactive steps to move forward.

Even if we are worried, action can allow us to get out of worry and into courage and power. Action is the answer!

“The price of greatness is responsibility”. – Winston Churchill

This goes for being successful in life. I mean if we take responsibility for everything in our lives, we are at the helm of our own ship, able to steer it wherever we so choose.

The price of it is that we cannot take the easy route by denying responsibility. What feels like the easy route though, actually leads us to destruction in ourselves and in our relationships.

Note to self, assume responsibility for EVERYTHING!

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