Quotes from Winston Churchill


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Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.


Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.


A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.


No crime is so great as daring to excel.


You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.


I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.


Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.


Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.


There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.


The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.


Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.


Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.


A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.


We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.


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.


We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.


In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.


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.


My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.


If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.