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We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and 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, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
Speech in the House of Commons (4 Jun 1940)

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Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.

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“Armistice – or Peace?” Evening Standard (11 Nov 1937)
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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 the glory of the climb.

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“Painting as a Pastime,” The Strand Magazine (Dec 1921/Jan 1922)
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We must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.

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“The Sinews of Peace,” speech, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri (5 Mar 1946)
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Of course I’m an optimist. What’s the point of being anything else?

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(1941)
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I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Attributed, 1949)

Comment on his 75th birthday, when asked whether he was afraid of death.  Quoted in the NY Times Magazine (1 Nov 1964).

Sometimes quoted as, "I am ready to meet my Maker. ..."

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You can always trust the Americans. in the end they will do the right thing, after they have eliminated all the other possibilities.

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(Attributed)
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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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(Attributed)
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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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(Attributed)
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Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

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WOMAN: There are two things I don’t like about you, Mr. Churchill — your politics and your mustache.
CHURCHILL: My dear madam, pray do not disturb yourself. You are not likely to come into contact with either.

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(Attributed)

Exchange with anonymous woman
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The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

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(Attributed)
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Responsibility is the price of greatness.

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(Attributed)
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He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

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(Attributed)

on Sir Stafford Cripps
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It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

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(Attributed)
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To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

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

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A modest little person, with much to be modest about.

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(Attributed)
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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

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(Attributed)

On Sir Stafford Cripps.

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I am a sporting man. I always like to give trains and aeroplanes a fair chance of getting away.

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(Attributed)

Regarding his unpunctuality.
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I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.

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(Attributed)
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The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.

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(Attributed)

Variant: "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute talk with the average voter." Commonly attributed but no citation has been found.
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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 your danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

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YOUNG MAN (after seeing Churchill leave the bathroom without washing his hands): At Eton they taught us to wash our hands after using the toilet.

CHURCHILL: At Harrow they taught us not to piss on our hands.

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I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me.

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Rehearsing my impromptu witticisms.

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(Attributed)

When asked by Harold MacMillan what he was doing.
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You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something, sometime in your life.

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Before we proceed further let us get one thing clear. Are we talking about the Indians in India who have multiplied alarmingly under benevolent British rule, or are we talking about the Indians in America who, I understand, are now almost extinct?

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(Attributed)

When told by Mrs. Ogden Reid of the New York Herald Tribune that "The Indians have suffered years under British oppression."
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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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If you’re going through hell, keep going.

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(Spurious)

Also sometimes given as "If you're going through hell, don't stop." Not found in any of Churchill's written works or directly attributed to him in any reliable source. See here for more information.
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This is the sort of pedantry up with which I will not put.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Spurious)


Margin note after receiving an objection to ending a sentence with a preposition and using a dangling participle in official documents.  Frequently attributed to Churchill, the earliest reference to himwith this quotation is in September 1945.  The earliest the comment can be found is in a joke (not mentioning Churchill) in The Strand in May 1942.  More here.

Also given in different sources as:

  • "This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put."
  • "This is the kind of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put."
  • "This is the type of impertinence up with which I shall not put."
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If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
(Spurious)

This hasn't been found in Churchill's writings, and is generally believed by researchers (and the Churchill Centre) to be spurious.  It has been attributed at different points to George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Disraeli, Otto von Bismarck, and others.  It  has been found in the works of mid-nineteenth century historian and statesman François Guizot: "Not to be a republican at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head."

Further, Paul Addison of Edinburgh University notes: "Surely Churchill can't have used the words attributed to him. He'd been a Conservative at 15 and a Liberal at 35! And would he have talked so disrespectfully of Clemmie, who is generally thought to have been a lifelong Liberal?"

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Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.

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(Spurious)

Anthony Montague-Browne, Churchill's assistant, said that Churchill denied coining this phrase, but wished he had.

Sometimes given as "nothing but rum, buggery, and the lash."

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You make a living by what you earn, you make a life by what you give.

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(Spurious)

Frequently attributed to Churchill, but not found in any of his writings or records of his spoken words by the Churchill Centre.
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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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(Spurious)
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Not found in Churchill's works.
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An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile — hoping it will eat him last.

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(Various)

Churchill used this phrase frequently prior to WW II. The above was a commonly reported statement in the 1930s about Astorites, followers of Nancy Astor in Parliament. He also used in reference to Prime Minister Chamberlain and the Munich Pact in a speech in the House of Commons (2 Oct 1938).

On a radio broadcast (20 Jan 1940), speaking of the neutral states standing by while Germany (and Russia) swallowed them up (referencing Finland fighting against Russia in particular), "Each one hopes that if it feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last."

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A modern dictator with the resources of science at his disposal can easily lead the public on from day to day, destroying all persistency of thought and aim, so that memory is blurred by the multiplicity of daily news and judgment baffled by its perversion.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol 1 (1956–58)

On the spread of the news of the Murder of the Princes in the Tower. Sometimes cited to The Second World War (1948-53)

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No one can understand history without continually relating the long periods which are constantly mentioned to the experiences of our own short lives. Five years is a lot. Twenty years is the horizon to most people. Fifty years is antiquity. To understand how the impact of destiny fell upon any generation of men one must first imagine their position and then apply the time-scale of our own lives.

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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol. 1 “The Birth of Britain” (1956-58)
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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 realise that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events. Antiquated War Offices, weak, incompetent, or arrogant Commanders, untrustworthy allies, hostile neutrals, malignant Fortune, ugly surprises, awful miscalculations — all take their seats at the Council Board on the morrow of a declaration of war. Always remember, however sure you are that you could easily win, that there would not be a war if the other man did not think he also had a chance.

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My Early Life: A Roving Commission, ch. 18 “With Buller to the Cape” (1930)
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Although always prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it should be postponed.

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My Early Life: A Roving Commission, ch. 4 “Sandhurst” (1930)
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You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.

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My Early Life: A Roving Commission, ch. 4 “Sandhurst” (1930)
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I wonder whether any other generation has seen such astounding revolutions of data and values as those through which we have lived. Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent and vital, has lasted. Everything I was sure or taught to be sure was impossible, has happened.

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My Early Life: A Roving Commission, ch. 5 “The Fourth Hussars” (1930)
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I do think unpunctuality is a vile habit, and all my life I have tried to break myself of it.

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My Early Life: A Roving Commission, ch. 7 “Hounslow” (1930)
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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.

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My Early Life: A Roving Commission, ch. 9 “Education at Bangalore” (1930)
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If Hitler invaded hell I would at least make a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.

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The Grand Alliance, vol. 3, ch. 20 (regarding the alliance with the USSR) (1950)
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Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
The Great War, Vol. 1 (1933)

 

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It is the habit of the boa constrictor to besmear the body of his victim with a foul slime before he devours it; and there are many people in England, and perhaps elsewhere, who seem to be unable to contemplate military operations for clear political objects, unless they can cajole themselves into the belief that their enemy are utterly and hopelessly vile. To this end the Dervishes, from the Mahdi and the Khalifa downwards, have been loaded with every variety of abuse and charged with all conceivable crimes. This may be very comforting to philanthropic persons at home; but when an army in the field becomes imbued with the idea that the enemy are vermin who cumber the earth, instances of barbarity may easily be the outcome. This unmeasured condemnation is moreover as unjust as it is dangerous and unnecessary.

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The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan, Vol. II (1899)

This passage is not included in the 1902 one-volume abridgment.

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In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.

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The Second World War, Vol. 1: The Gathering Storm, “Moral of the Work” (1948)
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Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

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The Second World War, Vol. 1: The Gathering Storm, ch. 19 “Prague, Albania, and the Polish Guarantee” (1948)
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When I look back on all these worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.

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The Second World War, Vol. 2: Their Finest Hour, ch. 23 “September Tensions” (1949)
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War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.

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The Second World War, Vol. 3: The Grand Alliance, ch. 20 “The Soviet Nemesis” (1950)

On the USSR failing to form a united front in the Balkans against Hitler.
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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.”

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The Second World War, Vol. 4: The Hinge of Fate (1951)
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‘In war-time,’ I said, ‘truth is so precious she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.’

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The Second World War, Vol. 5: Closing the Ring, ch. 21 “Teheran: The Crux” (1952)

Discussing Operation Overlord (the invasion of France) with Stalin at the Teheran Conference (30 Nov 1943).

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Some people did not like this ceremonious style. But after all when you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.

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The Second World War, Volume 3: The Grand Alliance, ch. 32 “Pearl Harbor” (1950)

On his closing his 8 Dec 1941 letter to the Japanese ambassador, informing him of the state of war between the UK and Japan, with "I have the honour to be, with high consideration, Sir, Your obedient servant."

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By noon it was clear that the Socialists would have a majority. At luncheon my wife said to me, ‘It may well be a blessing in disguise.’ I replied, ‘At the moment it seems quite effectively disguised.’

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The Second World War, Volume 6: Triumph and Tragedy, ch. 40 “The End of My Account” (1954)

On the landslide electoral defeat that turned him out of office (26 Jul 1945).

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The only wise and safe course is to act from day to day in accordance with what one’s own conscience seems to decree.

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The Second World War: The Gathering Storm, 1.12 (1948)
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The only wise and safe course is to act from day to day in accordance with what one’s own conscience seems to decree.

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The Second World War: The Gathering Storm, part 1, ch. 12 (1948)
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In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.

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The Second World War, epigram, originally on WW I (1948-54)
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If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

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The Second World War, Vol. 1 “The Gathering Storm” (1948)
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Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

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The Story of the Malakand Field Force, ch. 10 (1898)

Sometimes quoted as "There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result."

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It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.

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The Story of the Malakand Field Force, ch. 8 (1898)
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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.

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BBC broadcast, London (1 Oct 1939)
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BESSIE BRADDOCK: Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.

WINSTON CHURCHILL: Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
Comment (1946)

Version as cited Richard Langworth, Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations. The story was supposedly vouched for by Churchill's bodyguard, but versions of this exchange can be found (with different players) back to 1882. More info here.
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In the course of my life I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
Comment (c. 1940s)
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Quoted by Lord Normanbrook in John Wheeler-Bennett, ed., Action This Day: Working with Churchill, p. 28 (1968).

Frequently paraphrased as:
  • "Eating my words has never given me indigestion."
  • "I have never developed indigestion from eating my words."
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I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
Comment to Odette Pol Roger (1946)

Frequently misattributed to Napoleon Bonaparte ("In victory you deserve champagne. In defeat you need it."); no citation of the quote has been fond prior to 1946. See here for more discussion.
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The only guide to a man is his conscience, the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and the sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honour.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman and author
Eulogy for Neville Chamberlain (1940)

In The Second World War, Vol. 2: Their Finest Hour (1949)
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I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

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House of Commons speech (4-Nov-1952)
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I think a curse should rest on me — because I love this war. I know it’s smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment — and yet — I can’t help it — I enjoy every second of it.

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Letter (1916)
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The maxim ‘Nothing avails but perfection’ may be spelt shorter: ‘Paralysis.’

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Note to General Ismay (6 Dec 1942)

On proposed landing craft improvements.  In Churchill, The Second World War, Volume IV: The Hinge of Fate, Appendix C (1951)

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The ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.

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Press Interview (1902)

When asked what qualities a politician required.
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When I was young, for two or three years the light faded out of the picture. I did my work. I sat in the House of Commons, but black depression settled on me. It helped me to talk to Clemmie about it. I don’t like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible to get a pillar between me and the train. I don’t like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second’s action would end everything. A few drops of desperation.

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Remark to Lord Moran (14 Aug 1944)

In Lord Moran, Churchill: Taken from the Diaries of Lord Moran, ch. 19 (1966)
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When I was young, for two or three years the light faded out of the picture. I did my work. I sat in the House of Commons, but black depression settled on me. It helped me to talk to Clemmie about it. I don’t like standing near the edge of a platform whn an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible to get a pillar between me and the train. I don’t like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second’s action would end everything. A few drops of desperation.

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Remark to Lord Moran (14 Aug 1944)

In Lord Moran, Churchill: Taken from the Diaries of Lord Moran, ch. 19 (1966)
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Do you know why I hate the Nazis? I hate them because they frown when they fight. They are grim and sullen. Now, take our magnificent Air Force lads — they grin when they fight. I like a man who grins when he fights.

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Remark to Quentin Reynolds (1941)

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Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war.

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Remarks, House of Commons (5 Oct 1938)

During debate on the Munich Accords, accepting the partition of Czechoslovakia.

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To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.

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Remarks, White House luncheon (25 Jun 1954)

On dealing with the Soviets.  Quoted in NY Times (27 Jun 1954). Full text.

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It is vain to imagine that the mere perception or declaration of right principles, whether in one country or in many countries, will be of any value unless they are supported by those qualities of civic virtue and manly courage

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Speech at Bristol University (2 Jul. 1938)
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Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

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Speech at the Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, London (10 Nov 1942)

Referring to the victory over the German Afrika Korps at the Second Battle of El Alamein.

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What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?

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Speech, Dundee (10 Oct 1908)
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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 honour and good sense.

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Speech, Harrow School, England (29 Oct 1941)
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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. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

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Speech, Harrow School, England (29 Oct 1941)
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The day may dawn when fair play, love for one’s fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.

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Speech, House of Commons (1 Mar 1955)

From the ending of his last major speech in the House.

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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.

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Speech, House of Commons (11 Nov 1947)

See Inge.
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The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.

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Speech, House of Commons (12 Nov 1936)

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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.’ We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, 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.

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Speech, House of Commons (13 May 1940)

Often paraphrased, "I have nothing to offer but blood, sweat and tears..."  Audio records of the speech omit the "It is" before the in the beginning of the "Victory" section.

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Everybody is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.

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Speech, House of Commons (13 Oct 1943)
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The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.

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Speech, House of Commons (17 May 1916)
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When I am abroad I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the Government of my country. I make up for lost time when I am at home.

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Speech, House of Commons (18 Apr 1947)
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It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.

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Speech, House of Commons (1930s)
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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.

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Speech, House of Commons (1948)

Sometimes given: "History will bear me out, particularly as I shall write that history myself."

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Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong — these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.

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Speech, House of Commons (2 May 1935)
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An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last.

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Speech, House of Commons (2 Oct 1938)

Referring to Chamberlain and the Munich Pact. (Also attributed to Franklin Roosevelt)
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A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow.

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Speech, House of Commons (22 Mar 1944)
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It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.

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Speech, House of Commons (27 Feb 1945)
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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.

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Speech, House of Commons (29 Nov 1944)
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I am always ready to learn, though I do not always like being taught.

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Speech, House of Commons (4 Nov 1952)
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So long as I am acting from duty and conviction, I am indifferent to taunts and jeers. I think they will probably do me more good than harm.

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Speech, House of Commons (6 Dec 1946)
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The object of Parliament is to substitute argument for fisticuffs.

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Speech, House of Commons (6 Jun 1951)
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For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

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Speech, Lord Mayor’s Banquet, London (9 Nov 1954)
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The world today is ruled by harassed politicians absorbed in getting into office or turning out the other man so that not much room is left for determining great issues on their merits.

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Speech, New York (25 Jan 1932)
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The world looks with some awe upon a man who appears unconcernedly indifferent to home, money, comfort, rank, or even power and fame. The world feels not without a certain apprehension, that here is some one outside its jurisdiction; someone before whom its allurements may be spread in vain; some one strangely enfranchised, untamed, untrammelled by convention, moving independent of the ordinary currents of human action.

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Speech, Oxford High School for Boys (3 Oct 1936)

At the unveiling of a monument to T. E. Lawrence.
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Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

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Speech, Royal Academy of Art (1953)
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As someone said, you will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.

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Speech, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (3 Dec 1923)

Also paraphrased as "You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks."
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You might however consider whether you should not unfold as a background the great privilege of habeas corpus and trial by jury, which are the supreme protection invented by the English people for ordinary individuals against the state. The power of the Executive to cast a man in prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government, whether Nazi or Communist.

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Telegram from Cairo to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison (21 Nov 1942)
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All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom; Justice; Honour; Duty; Mercy; Hope.

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United Europe Meeting, Albert Hall, London (14 May 1947)
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