Winston Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

Winston
Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
1874
1965

British Conservative Politician, Statesman, Historian, Artist, Writer, Served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature, Honorary Citizen of the United States, Commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Author Quotes

Wars are not won by evacuations.

We ask no favors of the enemy. We seek from them no compunction. On the contrary, if tonight the people of London were asked to cast their votes as to whether a convention should be entered into to stop the bombing of all cities, an overwhelming majority would cry, "No, we will mete out to the Germans the measure, and more than the measure, they have meted out to us." {applause} The people of London with one voice would say to Hitler: "You have committed every crime under the sun. Where you have been the least resisted there you have been the most brutal. It was you who began the indiscriminate bombing. We remember Warsaw! In the first few days of the war. We remember Rotterdam. We have been newly reminded of your habits by the hideous massacre in Belgrade. We know too well the bestial assaults you're making upon the Russian people, to whom our hearts go out in their valiant struggle! {cheers} We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will! You do your worst! - and we will do our best! {sustained cheering} Perhaps it may be our turn soon. Perhaps it may be our turn now."

We know that he - more than anyone else - has the talent to cram the largest possible number of words in the least amount of thought.

Watch your actions, they become your habits.

We build dwellings and thereafter they build us.

We make this wide encircling movement in the Mediterranean, having for its primary object the recovery of the command of that vital sea, but also having for its object the exposure of the underbelly of the Axis, especially Italy, to heavy attack.

Two nations divided by a common language.

Watch your character for your character is your destiny.

We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all other alternatives.

Unless the right honorable gentleman changes his policy and methods and moves without the slightest delay, he will be as great a curse to this country in peace as he was a squalid nuisance in time of war.

Watch your habits, they determine your character.

We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.

Unpunctuality is a vile habit, and all my life I have tried to break myself of it.

Watch your thoughts, they become your words.

We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which civilization will irretrievably succumb, or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored honor and peace of mind to the Great Germanic nation.

Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depend our own British life and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us now. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. 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.'

Watch your words, they become your actions.

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. A sheep in sheep's clothing. [on Clement Atlee)]

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.

We (The British) have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.

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.

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.

We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.

We get to make a living; we give to make a life.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Author Picture
First Name
Winston
Last Name
Churchill, fully Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
Birth Date
1874
Death Date
1965
Bio

British Conservative Politician, Statesman, Historian, Artist, Writer, Served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature, Honorary Citizen of the United States, Commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer