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There was a man who sold a hyena skin while the beast still lived and who was killed in hunting it.
—  Winston Churchill
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
It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
—  Winston Churchill
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
—  Winston Churchill
Personally I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
—  Winston Churchill
There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.
—  Winston Churchill
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is.
—  Winston Churchill
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
—  Winston Churchill
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
—  Winston Churchill
By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
—  Winston Churchill
I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
—  Winston Churchill
Everybody has always underrated the Russians. They keep their own secrets alike from foe and friends.
—  Winston Churchill
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.
—  Winston Churchill
We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes.
—  Winston Churchill
This wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred. this monstrous product of former wrongs and shame.
—  Winston Churchill
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as nothing happened.
—  Winston Churchill
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.
—  Winston Churchill
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
—  Winston Churchill
There are men in the world who derive an exaltation from the proximity of disaster and ruin, as other from success.
—  Winston Churchill
If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
—  Winston Churchill
I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it parts for the time with reality.
—  Winston Churchill
The heights of great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upwards in the night.
—  Winston Churchill
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
—  Winston Churchill
My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.
—  Winston Churchill
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
—  Winston Churchill
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
—  Winston Churchill
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
—  Winston Churchill
Writing a long and substantial book is like having a friend and companion at your side, to whom you can always turn for comfort and amusement, and whose society becomes more attractive as a new and widening field of interest.
—  Winston Churchill
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
—  Winston Churchill
In the past we have had a light which flickered, in the present we have a light which flames, and in the future there will be a light which shines over all the land and sea.
—  Winston Churchill
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
—  Winston Churchill
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
—  Winston Churchill
The British people are good all through. You can test them as you would put a bucket into the sea and always find it salt.
—  Winston Churchill
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
—  Winston Churchill
He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
—  Winston Churchill
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
I have watched this famous island descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which lead to a dark gulf.
—  Winston Churchill
I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, 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.
—  Winston Churchill
The V sign is the symbol of the unconquerable will of the occupied territories, and a portent of the fate awaiting the Nazi tyranny.
—  Winston Churchill
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
—  Winston Churchill
The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.
—  Winston Churchill
If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
—  Winston Churchill
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
—  Winston Churchill
On the outcome of World War II: 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 lion's roar. I also hope that I sometimes suggested to the lion the right place to use his claws.
—  Winston Churchill
No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.
—  Winston Churchill
History unfolds itself by strange and unpredictable paths. We have little control over the future; and none at all over the past.
—  Winston Churchill
If you destroy a free market, you create a black market.
—  Winston Churchill
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
—  Winston Churchill
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
—  Winston Churchill
Courage is the finest of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
—  Winston Churchill
When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.
—  Winston Churchill
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
—  Winston Churchill
Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.
—  Winston Churchill
Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which we will not put.
—  Winston Churchill
I have always considered that the substitution of the internal combustion engine for the horse marked a very gloomy milestone in the progress of mankind.
—  Winston Churchill
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 no longer strong.
—  Winston Churchill
Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
—  Winston Churchill
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
—  Winston Churchill
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
—  Winston Churchill
No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
—  Winston Churchill
We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand.
—  Winston Churchill
The destiny of mankind is not decided by material computation. When great causes are on the move in the world ... we learn that we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.
—  Winston Churchill
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
—  Winston Churchill
Laws just or unjust may govern men's actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life.
—  Winston Churchill
This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
—  Winston Churchill
I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.
—  Winston Churchill
The German dictator, instead of snatching the victuals from the table, has been content to have them served to him course by course.
—  Winston Churchill
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
—  Winston Churchill
Don't argue about difficulties. The difficulties will argue for themselves.
—  Winston Churchill
Elderly people and those in authority cannot always be relied upon to take enlightened and comprehending views of what they call the indiscretions of youth.
—  Winston Churchill
Decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent. Of Stanley Baldwin's policies.
—  Winston Churchill
Don't talk to me about Naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.
—  Winston Churchill
It may be that we shall, by a process of sublime irony, have reached a stage in this story where safety will be the sturdy child of terror, and survival the twin brother of annihilation.
—  Winston Churchill
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
—  Winston Churchill
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
—  Winston Churchill
The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
—  Winston Churchill
... man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.
—  Winston Churchill
Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed, he has a lot to be modest about.
—  Winston Churchill
It cannot 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.
—  Winston Churchill
No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all of the other forms which have been tried from time to time.
—  Winston Churchill
Things do not get better by being left alone. Unless they are adjusted, they explode with a shattering detonation.
—  Winston Churchill
I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.
—  Winston Churchill
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
—  Winston Churchill
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
The British Empire and the United States will have to be somewhat mixed up together in some of their affairs for mutual and general advantage. For my own part, looking out upon the future, I do not view the process with any misgivings.
—  Winston Churchill
The Americans will always do the right thing ... after they've exhausted all the alternatives.
—  Winston Churchill
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
—  Winston Churchill
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
—  Winston Churchill
Vast and fearsome as the human scene has become, personal contact of the right people, in the right places, at the right time, may yet have a potent and valuable part to play in the cause of peace which is in our hearts.
—  Winston Churchill
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.
—  Winston Churchill
It is not open to the cool bystander ... to set himself up as an impartial judge of events which would never have occurred had he outstretched a helping hand in time.
—  Winston Churchill
We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.
—  Winston Churchill
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
—  Winston Churchill
When one is in office one has no idea how damnable things can feel to the ordinary rank and file of the public.
—  Winston Churchill
Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.
—  Winston Churchill
How little can we foresee the consequences either of wise or unwise action, of virtue or of malice. Without this measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
—  Winston Churchill

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