Famous Winston Churchill Quotes To Lift Your Spirits
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160 Famous Winston Churchill Quotes To Lift Your Spirits

Sir Winston Churchill is one of the most widely revered and iconic leaders in world history who was reknowned as much for his his wit and wisdom as for his brave and clear-sighted leadership. He served as Britain’s Prime Minister when the Second World War broke out, His speeches during the war conveyed strength and courage to the population of Great Britain in the face of adversity, and with his candor and wit, he gained much favor among the British people. and his oratory skills held the nation together during that terrifying period in history.

Here are our 160 Winston Churchill Quotes to Inspire You to Never Surrender. These wise words are still as significant today as they were more than half a century ago.


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


“You must look at facts because they look at you.”


“In wartime, truth is so precious that a bodyguard of lies should always attend her.”


“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”


“Eating words has never given me indigestion.”


“Play the game for more than you can afford to lose. Only then will you learn the game.”


“War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.”


“We shape our dwellings, and afterward our dwellings shape us.”


“Great and good are seldom the same man.”


“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”


“Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn’t happen.”


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


“When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.”


“Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong.”


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


“The first duty of the 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.”


“There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life and war, has its exceptions.”


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


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


“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 realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”


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


“To be really happy and safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.”


“The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.”


“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”


“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”


“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”


“You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.”


“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”


“Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”


“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.”


“You never can tell whether bad luck may not, after all, turn out to be good luck.”


“We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic.”


“This is not the end; this is not even the beginning of the end; this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.”


“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”


“Things are not always right because they are hard, but if they are right, one must not mind if they are also hard.”


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”


“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”


“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”


“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.”


“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.”


“I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.”


“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”


“If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”


“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”


“It is no use saying ‘we are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”


“Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.”


“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”


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


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


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


“Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.”


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


“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 the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”


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


“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”


“The true guide of life is to do what is right.”


“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”


“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.”


“You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.”


“My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”


“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”


“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”


“You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”


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


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


“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”


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


“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.”


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


“One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather.”


“In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound, and everything sound is disagreeable.”


“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.”


“Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.”


“It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”


“This is the lesson: 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 honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”


“What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.”


“We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.”


“All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.”


“Let us, therefore, brace ourselves to our duties, 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.”


“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”


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


“I may be drunk, miss, but in the morning, I will be sober, and you will still be ugly.”


“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.”


“Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory, there is no survival. ”


“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.”


“There is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”


“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.”


“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”


“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.”


“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”


“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”


“Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality. How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it!”


“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”


“You create your own universe as you go along.”


“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.”


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


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


“It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.”


“History is written by the victors.”


“The English know how to make the best of things. Their so-called muddling through simply skills at dealing with the inevitable.”


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


“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the 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.”


“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. She was meant to be wooed and won by youth.”, ‘My Early Life’, 1874-1904


“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”


“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”


“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.”


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


“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”


“No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.”


“Everyone is in favour 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 else says anything back, that is an outrage.”


“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived. ”


“There is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”


“Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.”


“This paper, by its very length, defends itself from ever being read.”


“Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”


“It is a fine thing, to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.”


“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”


“The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.”


“We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.”


“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”


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


“No crime is so great as daring to excel.”


“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.”


“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress; then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”


“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.”


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


“For myself, I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”


“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”


“We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”


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


“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”


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


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


“If you are going through hell, keep going.”


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


“I never ‘worry’ about action, but only about inaction.”


“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.”


“Broadly speaking short words are best and the old words when short, are best of all.”


“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!”


“The price of greatness is responsibility.”


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


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


“I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I have inspired the nation. It was the nation and the race dwelling all around the globe that had the lionheart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”


“To each, there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”


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


“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.”


“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes, we must do what is required.”


“Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.”


“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.”


“Every day, you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-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 and glory of the climb.”


“The English never draw a line without blurring it.”


“Never, never, never give in!”


“Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.”


“Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.”


“I have in my life concentrated more on self-expression than self-denial.”


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”


“Politics is more dangerous than war, for, in war, you are only killed once.”


“There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”


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


“The most important thing about education is appetite.”


“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.”


“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”


“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.”


“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”

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