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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill KG OM CH TD FRS PC (Can) (November 30 1874 – January 24 1965) was a British politician and statesman, best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He was Prime Minister of the UK from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

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

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The Second World War (1939–1945) speech at Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, Mansion House, London, November 10, 1942 : (partial text)
• Referring to the British victory over the German Afrika Korps at the Second Battle of El Alamein in Egypt.

2. “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) On his 75th birthday, in reply to a question on whether he was afraid of death, quoted in the N. Y. Times Magazine on November 1, 1964, p. 40 according to Quote It Completely! (1998), Gerhart, Wm. S. Hein Publishing, p. 262 ISBN 1575884003

3. “I am finished.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) On losing his position at the Admiralty in 1915. Said to Lord Riddell, as cited in Maxims and Reflections , Chapter I (On Himself), Churchill, Houghton Mifflin Company (1947).

4. “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech at Harvard University, September 6, 1943, in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999), Knowles & Partington, Oxford University Press, p. 215 ISBN 0198601735

5. “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech to the House of Commons (October 28, 1943), on plans for the rebuilding of the Chamber (destroyed by an enemy bomb May 10, 1941), in Never Give In! : The best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches (2003), Hyperion, p. 358 ISBN 1401300561

6. “I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) As cited in The Forbes Book of Business Quotations (2007), Ed. Goodwin, Black Dog Publishing, p. 49, ISBN 1579127215

7. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile — hoping it will eat him last.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) In Reader's Digest (December 1954).

8. “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Speech in the House of Commons (October 22, 1945) "Demobilisation"

9. “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: Post-war years (1945–1955) Remarks at a White House luncheon (1954-06-26)
• Quoted in (June 27, 1954), Churchill Urges Patience in Coping with Red Dangers, publisher: The New York Times
• Has been falsely attributed to Otto von Bismarck.

10. “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War (1898), Chapter X.

11. “There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Radio broadcast (March 21, 1943), cited in Churchill by Himself (2008), ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 21 ISBN 1586486381

12. “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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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) The Second World War, Volume II : Their Finest Hour (1949) Chapter 8 (September Tensions).

13. “It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) As cited in The Forbes Book of Business Quotations (2007), Ed. Goodwin, Black Dog Publishing, p. 168, ISBN 1579127215

14. “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The Second World War (1939–1945) In conversation to Leo Amery, Secretary of State for India. This quotation is widely cited as written in "a letter to Leo Amery" (e.g., in "Jolly Good Fellows and Their Nasty Ways" by Vinay Lal in Times of India (15 January 2007)) but it is actually attributed to Churchill as a remark, in an entry for September 1942 in Leo Amery : Diaries (1988), edited John Barnes and David Nicholson, p. 832 : "During my talk with Winston he burst out with: 'I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion'."
• (This quote is used by anti-Churchill writers to show his "racism". As William F. Buckley remarked in 1995, "Working his way through disputatious bureaucracy from separatists in New Delhi he exclaimed, to his secretary, 'I hate Indians'. I don’t doubt that the famous gleam came to his eyes when he said this, with mischievous glee – an offense, in modern convention, of genocidal magnitude.")The Bengali Famine, publisher: Winstonchurchill.org, retrieved: 10 August 2009

15. “For myself, I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.”

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet in London (1954-11-09).

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

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) Newspaper interview (1902), when asked what qualities a politician required, Halle, Kay, Irrepressible Churchill. Cleveland: World, 1966. cited in Churchill by Himself (2008), ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 489 ISBN 1586486381

17. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Speech in the House of Commons (11 November 1947), published in 206–07 The Official Report, House of Commons (5th Series), 11 November 1947, vol. 444, cc. .

18. “If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) To his personal secretary John Colville the evening before Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union. As quoted by Andrew Nagorski in The Greatest Battle (2007), Simon & Schuster, pp. 150-151 ISBN 0743281101

19. “A sheep in sheep's clothing.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) On Ramsay MacDonald. This is often taken as referring to Clement Attlee, but Scottish historian D. W. Brogan is cited in Safire’s Political Dictionary (2008), William Safire, Oxford University Press US, p. 352 ISBN 0195343344 as follows: ‘Sir Winston Churchill never said of Clement Attlee that he was a sheep in sheep’s clothing. I have this on the excellent authority of Sir Winston himself. The phrase was totally inapplicable to Mr. Attlee. It was applicable, and applied, to J. Ramsay MacDonald, a very different kind of Labour leader.’

20. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech given at Harrow School, Harrow, England, October 29, 1941. Quoted in Churchill by Himself (2008), ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, 2008, p. 23 ISBN 1586486381

21. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) BBC broadcast (“The Russian Enigma”), London, October 1, 1939 (partial text).

22. “No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) My early life, 1874-1904 (1930), Churchill, Winston S., p. 45 (1996 Touchstone Edition), ISBN 0684823454

23. “It seems to me that the moment has come when the question of bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other pretexts, should be reviewed.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) After the devastation of Dresden by aerial bombing, and the resulting fire storm (February 1945). Quoted in Where the Right Went Wrong (2004) by Patrick J Buchanan, p. 119 ISBN 0312341156

24. “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech in the House of Commons, February 27, 1945 "Crimea Conference"; in The Second World War, Volume VI: Triumph and Tragedy (1954), Chapter XXIII – Yalta: Finale.

25. “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

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Source and Related Info: Post-war years (1945–1955) Quoted by Lord Normanbrook in Action This Day: Working With Churchill. Memoirs by Lord Norman Brook (And Others) (1968)
• Often misquoted as: Eating my words has never given me indigestion.http://books.google.com/books?id=vbsU21fEhLAC&q=%22Eating+my+words+has+never+given+me+indigestion%22&pg=PA486#v=onepage.

26. “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The 1930s "Fifty Years Hence", The Strand Magazine (December 1931).

27. “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The Second World War (1939–1945) The Second World War, Volume IV : The Hinge of Fate (1951) Chapter 33 (The Battle of Alamein)
• BBC News story on the 60th anniversary of Alamein.

28. “We must build a kind of United States of Europe.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Speech at Zurich University (September 19, 1946) (partial text) (http://www.peshawar.ch/varia/winston.htm).

29. “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) From a speech given at the Royal Academy of Art in 1953; quoted in Time magazine (1954-05-11).

30. “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Speech (May 28, 1948) at the Scottish Unionist Conference, Perth, Scotland, in Never Give In! : The best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches (2003), Hyperion, p. 446 ISBN 1401300561

31. “Like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) On playing golf : as cited in The quote verifier: who said what, where, and when (2006), Keyes, Macmillan, p. 27 ISBN 0312340044

32. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The 1930s Speech in the House of Commons, November 12, 1936 "Debate on the Address"
• Cited in Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth
• This speech is also commonly known by the name "The Locust Years".

33. “When I warned them that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, ‘In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.’ Some chicken! Some neck!”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The Second World War (1939–1945) Reference to the French government; speech before Joint Session of the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa (December 30, 1941)
The Yale Book of Quotations, ed. Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press (2006), p. 153 ISBN 0300107986

34. “The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech in the House of Commons, November 11, 1942 Debate on the address.

35. “Every morn brought forth a noble chance, and every chance brought forth a noble knight.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech in the House of Commons, June 4, 1940; passage praising the airmen of the Royal Air Force and their efforts during the evacuation of Dunkirk. This is a close paraphrase of Tennyson:
 • When every morning brought a noble chance,
And every chance brought out a noble knight.
 • Alfred Tennyson, "Morte d'Arthur", stanza 23 (1842), and the expanded "The Passing of Arthur", stanza 36 in Idylls of the King (1856–1885)

36. “I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The Second World War (1939–1945) speech at Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, Mansion House, London, November 10, 1942
The Yale Book of Quotations, ed. Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press (2006), p. 153 ISBN 0300107986

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

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) The Second World War, Volume I : The Gathering Storm (1948) Moral of the Work, p. ix

38. “Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches (1974), Chelsea House, Volume IV: 1922-1928, p. 3462 ISBN 0835206939

39. “‘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.’”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955)

40. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: Post-war years (1945–1955) Speech in the House of Commons (January 23, 1948), cited in The Yale Book of Quotations (2006), Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press, p. 154 ISBN 0300107986
• This quote may be the basis for a statement often attributed to Churchill : History will be kind to me. For I intend to write it.

41. “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'.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) The Second World War, Volume I : The Gathering Storm (1948).

42. “I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) On his appointment as Prime Minister, May 10, 1940; The Second World War, Volume I : The Gathering Storm (1948).

43. “We are all worms. But I do believe I am a glow-worm.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) As quoted by Violet Bonham-Carter in Winston Churchill as I Knew Him (1965), according to The Yale Book of Quotations (2006), Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press, p. 155 ISBN 0300107986

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

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War (1898), Chapter VIII.

45. “[The] truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) Speech in the House of Commons, May 17, 1916 "Royal Assent".

46. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930) Chapter 9 (Education At Bangalore).

47. “One may dislike Hitler's system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The 1930s "Hitler and His Choice", The Strand Magazine (November 1935).

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

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The 1930s To Neville Chamberlain in the House of Commons, after the Munich accords (1938).

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

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955)

50. “War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) On the Soviet Union’s failure to form a united Balkan front against Hitler ; in The Second World War, Volume III : The Grand Alliance (1950) Chapter 20 (The Soviet Nemesis).

51. “Let me have the best solution worked out. Don’t argue the matter. The difficulties will argue for themselves.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Memo (May 30, 1942) to the Chief of Combined Operations on the design of floating piers (which later became Mulberry Harbours) for use on landing beaches; in The Second World War, Volume V : Closing the Ring (1952) Chapter 4 (Westward Ho! Synthetic Harbours).

52. “‘Keep England White’ is a good slogan.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) On Commonwealth immigration, recorded in Harold Macmillan's diary entry for 1955-01-20 (Peter Catterall (ed.), The Macmillan Diaries: The Cabinet Years, 1950-57 (Macmillan, 2003), p. 382).

53. “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? How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the great verities and consolations of the infinite and the eternal? And I avow my faith that we are marching towards better days. Humanity will not be cast down. We are going on swinging bravely forward along the grand high road and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) Speech at Kinnaird Hall, Dundee, Scotland ("Unemployment"), October 10, 1908, in Liberalism and the Social Problem (1909), Churchill, Echo Library (2007), p. 87 ISBN 1406845817

54. “We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The 1930s Lecture at Cleveland, Ohio (February 3, 1932), reported in Robert Rhodes James, ed., Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897–1963 (1974), vol. 5, p. 5130; referring to the theory that over-production caused the Depression.

55. “Where my reason, imagination or interest were not engaged, I would not or I could not learn.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930) Chapter 1 (Childhood).

56. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930) Chapter 4 (Sandhurst).

57. “India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the equator.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The 1930s Speech at Royal Albert Hall, London (18 March 1931).

58. “We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which civilisation will irretrievably succumb, or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored honour and peace of mind to the Great Germanic nation.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The 1930s "Hitler and His Choice", The Strand Magazine (November 1935).

59. “We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Radio broadcast, London, Dieu Protège La France [God protect France], October 21, 1940 (partial text).

60. “I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War (1898), Chapter III.

61. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) A letter to a friend (1916).

62. “To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: Early career years (1898–1929) Winston Churchill, “His complete speeches, 1897-1963”, edited by Robert Rhodes James, Chelsea House ed., vol. 4 (1922-1928), p. 3706. Lors d’un débat avec Philipp Snowden, chancelier de l’Echiquier, à propos des droits de douane sur la soie.
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63. “Mr. Gladstone read Homer for fun, which I thought served him right.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930) Chapter 2 (Harrow).

64. “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.’”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) The Second World War, Volume IV : The Hinge of Fate (1951).

65. “I decline utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) Speech in the House of Commons, July 7, 1926 "Emergency Services", responding to criticism that he edited the British Gazette in a biased manner during the General Strike, as cited in The Yale Book of Quotations (2006), ed. Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press, p. 152 ISBN 0300107986

66. “She shone for me like the Evening Star. I loved her dearly — but at a distance.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930) On his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, Chapter 1 (Childhood).

67. “It is alarming and also nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer of the type well-known in the East, now posing as a fakir, striding half naked up the steps of the Viceregal palace to parley on equal terms with the representative of the King-Emperor.”

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Source: The 1930s Comment on Gandhi's meeting with the Viceroy of India, addressing the Council of the West Essex Unionist Association (23 February 1931); as quoted in "Mr Churchill on India" in The Times (24 February 1931).

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

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The 1930s "Armistice - or Peace?", published in The Evening Standard (11 November 1937).

69. “Meeting Roosevelt was like uncorking your first bottle of champagne.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Winston Churchill's visit to FDR's grave site at Hyde Park, NY, reflecting on his past and the relationship he had with FDR, as quoted in PBS series, American Experience [The Presidents: FDR]

70. “A shadow has fallen upon the scenes so lately lighted by the Allied victory…. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) On Soviet communism and the Cold War, in a speech at Fulton, Missouri on March 5, 1946 (complete text). Churchill did not coin the phrase "iron curtain", however; the 1920 book Through Bolshevik Russia by English suffragette Ethel Snowden contained the line "We were behind the ‘iron curtain’ at last!" (This fact is mentioned in the article 'Anonymous was a Woman', Yale Alumni Magazine Jan/Feb 2011).

71. “When I was younger I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Reply to King George VI, on a cold morning at the airport. The King had asked if Churchill would take something to warm himself. As cited in Man of the Century (2002), Ramsden, Columbia University Press, p. 134 ISBN 0231131062

72. “Politics are almost as exciting as war, and – quite as dangerous … [I]n war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) From a conversational exchange with Harold Begbie, as cited in Master Workers, Begbie, Methuen & Co. (1906), p. 177.

73. “For my own part I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities which he excites among his opponents. I have always set myself not merely to relish but to deserve thoroughly their censure.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) November 17, 1906, Institute of Journalists Dinner, London; in Churchill by Himself (2008), ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 392 ISBN 1586486381

74. “The Times is speechless, and takes three columns to express its speechlessness.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) Speech at Kinnaird Hall, Dundee, Scotland ("The Dundee Election"), May 14, 1908, in Liberalism and the Social Problem (1909), Churchill, BiblioBazaar (Second Edition, 2006), p. 148 ISBN 1426451989

75. “'I propose that 100,000 degenerate Britons should be forcibly sterilized and others put in labour camps to halt the decline of the British race.'”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) As Home Secretary in a 1910 Departmental Paper. The original document is in the collection of Asquith's papers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Also quoted in Clive Ponting, "Churchill" (Sinclair Stevenson 1994).

76. “Everything tends towards catastrophe and collapse. I am interested, geared up and happy. Is it not horrible to be made like this?”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) In a letter to his wife Clemmie, during the build up to World War I.

77. “I cannot pretend to feel impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Early career years (1898–1929) In "Painting as a Pastime", first published in the Strand Magazine in two parts (December 1921/January 1922), cited in Churchill by Himself (2008), ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 456 ISBN 1586486381

78. “Although always prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it should be postponed.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930) Chapter 4 (Sandhurst), p. 72.

79. “I do think unpunctuality is a vile habit, and all my life I have tried to break myself of it.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930) Chapter 7 (Hounslow).

80. “Occasionally he stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.”

—Winston Churchill

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• Also quoted by Kay Halle in Irrepressible Churchill: A Treasury of Winston Churchill's Wit (1966).

81. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because, as has been said, 'it is the quality which guarantees all others.'”

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Source: The 1930s In Great Contemporaries, "Alfonso XIII" (1937).

82. “Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech in the House of Commons, June 18, 1940 "War Situation".

83. “We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Radio broadcast to German occupied, Vichy, and Free France (21 October 1940)

84. “We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech before Joint Session of the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa (December 30, 1941)
The Yale Book of Quotations, ed. Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press (2006), p. 153 ISBN 0300107986

85. “The maxim ‘Nothing avails but perfection’ may be spelt shorter: ‘Paralysis.’”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: The Second World War (1939–1945) Minute [brief note] to General Ismay, December 6, 1942, on proposed improvements to landing-craft.
• In The Second World War, Volume IV: The Hinge of Fate (1951), Appendix C.

86. “By its sudden collapse, … the proud German army has once again proved the truth of the saying, 'The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet'.”

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Speech before a Joint Session of Congress (May 19, 1943), Washington, D. C., in Never Give In! : The best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches (2003), Hyperion, p. 352 ISBN 1401300561

87. “I hate nobody except Hitler — and that is professional.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: The Second World War (1939–1945) Churchill to John Colville during WWII, quoted by Colville in his book The Churchillians (1981) ISBN 0297779095

88. “We must all turn our backs upon the horrors of the past. We must look to the future. We cannot afford to drag forward cross the years that are to come the hatreds and revenges which have sprung from the injuries of the past.”

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Speech at Zurich University (September 19, 1946) (partial text) (http://www.peshawar.ch/varia/winston.htm).

89. “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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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) In the House of Commons (April 18, 1947), cited in The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (1996), Jay, Oxford University Press, p. 93.

90. “All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom; Justice; Honour; Duty; Mercy; Hope.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) United Europe Meeting, Albert Hall, London (May 14, 1947). Cited in Churchill by Himself, ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs (2008), p. 26 ISBN 1586486381

91. “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.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) The Second World War, Volume I : The Gathering Storm (1948) Chapter 19 (Prague, Albania, and the Polish Guarantee).

92. “Broadly speaking, short words are best, and the old words, when short, are best of all.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source and Related Info: Post-war years (1945–1955) Speech on receiving the London Times Literary Award November 2, 1949
Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches, Hyperion (2003), p. 453 ISBN ISBN 1401300561

93. “‘In war-time,’ I said, ‘truth is so precious she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.’”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Discussion of Operation Overlord with Stalin at the Teheran Conference (November 30, 1943); in The Second World War, Volume V : Closing the Ring (1952), Chapter 21 (Teheran: The Crux), p. 338.

94. “Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you. Give me a pig! He looks you in the eye and treats you as an equal.”

—Winston Churchill

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• Churchill's black cat, Nelson, is reputed to have had a chair at Cabinet.

95. “I am a sporting man. I always give them a fair chance to get away.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) Asked why he missed so many trains and aeroplanes, as cited in My Darling Clementine (1963), Fishman, W.H. Allen : Star Books edition (1974), p. 218 ISBN 0352300191

96. “This Treasury paper, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) As cited in Churchill by Himself (2008), ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 50, ISBN 1586486389

97. “I want no criticism of America at my table. The Americans criticize themselves more than enough.”

—Winston Churchill

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Source: Post-war years (1945–1955) As cited in Churchill By Himself (2008), Ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 128 ISBN 1586486381

98. “Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion, the virtue of the simple, the wisdom of the just, shone forth in her. She glorifies as she freed the soil from which she sprang.”

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Source: A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (1956–58): A History of the English Speaking Peoples, in four volumes, much of which had been written in the 1930s. ISBN 0-88029-423-X On Saint Joan of Arc ; Volume I: The Birth of Britain, p. 422

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