Quotations by Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC, PC (Can) (30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965) was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of Great Britain during World War II. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also known as an officer in the British Army, a historical writer, and an artist. (Source: Wikipedia)


Winston Churchill
  1. A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

  2. Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt...Give us the tools and we will finish the job. [February 9, 1941]

  3. I am not sure I should have dared to start; but I am sure that I should not have dared to stop.

  4. I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. [October 1, 1939]

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

  6. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty,and so bear ourselves that if the British Commonwealth and its Empire lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.' [June 18, 1940]

  7. Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. 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. [November 11, 1947]

  8. My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.

  9. 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. [October 29, 1941]

  10. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

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

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


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