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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.
Lady Astor: Sir, if you were my husband I would put arsenic in your tea! Churchill: If I were your husband I would drink it!
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill- designed for the purpose.
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. That key is Russian national interest.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
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.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
The substance of the eminent Socialist gentleman's speech is that making a profit is a sin, but it is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss.
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.
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 hillswe shall never surrender.
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.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Too often the strong silent man is silent because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
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.
We shall not fail or falter we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
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.
I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
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.
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.
You will make all kinds of mistakes but as long as you are generous and true and fierce you cannot hurt the world, or even seriously distress her.
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
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.
If you are not a liberal at twenty, you have no heart. If you are not a conservative at forty, you have no brain.
So they the Government go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
In my belief, you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.
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.
A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal.
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.
The eagle has ceased to scream, but the parrots will now begin to chatter. The war of the giants is over and the pigmies will now start to squabble.
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.'
Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt... 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.
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.
I have not become the Kings First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Commonwealth and the Empire last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.
Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.
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'.
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.
We will have no truce or parlay with you Hitler, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst -- and we will do our best.
Why you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman, and th most audacious soldier, put them at a table together-and what do you get? The sum of their fears.
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