“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 realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, 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 in the streets, we shall fight in the hills we shall never surrender.
“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
“Fanatic. One who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
“One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.
“I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.'
“I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
British statesman and leader during World War II; received Nobel prize for literature in 1953 (1874-1965)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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