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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.

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

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

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

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.

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.

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

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

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ---->>>

If you're going through hell, keep going.

If you're going through hell, keep going.

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.

It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.

Never, never, never give up.

Never, never, never give up.

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

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

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

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. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. ---->>>

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. ---->>>

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. ---->>>

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.

Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.

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.

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.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

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

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

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

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

It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. ---->>>

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. ---->>>

We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.

We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you. ---->>>

My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.

My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. ---->>>

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. ---->>>

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

If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. ---->>>

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

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

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. ---->>>

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. Never run away from anything. Never! ---->>>

The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.

The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. ---->>>

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. ---->>>

There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion. ---->>>

Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. ---->>>

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. ---->>>

If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire. ---->>>

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization. ---->>>

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.

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.

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. ---->>>

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. ---->>>

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ---->>>

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong. ---->>>

We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm. ---->>>

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.

Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.

This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. ---->>>

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

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

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

I am easily satisfied with the very best.

A politician needs 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. ---->>>

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons. ---->>>

There is no such thing as a good tax. ---->>>

I never worry about action, but only inaction. ---->>>

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. ---->>>

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. ---->>>

The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.

The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.

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.

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.

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.

We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. ---->>>

I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic. ---->>>

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.

The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye. ---->>>

In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

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

Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about. ---->>>

In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice. ---->>>

For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank. ---->>>

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting. ---->>>

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. ---->>>

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

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. ---->>>

The first quality that is needed is audacity. ---->>>

What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget? ---->>>

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game. ---->>>

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. ---->>>

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

History is written by the victors.

History is written by the victors.

I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.

I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it. ---->>>

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day. ---->>>

No crime is so great as daring to excel. ---->>>

I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks. ---->>>

Great and good are seldom the same man.

Great and good are seldom the same man.

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

'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again. ---->>>

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see. ---->>>

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.

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.

When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise. ---->>>

Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter. ---->>>

When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.

When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.

We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty. ---->>>

Politics is 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.

Politics is 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.

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. ---->>>

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.

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

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. ---->>>

Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war. ---->>>

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

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.

It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion's heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. ---->>>

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

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

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. ---->>>

India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator. ---->>>

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. ---->>>

I like a man who grins when he fights. ---->>>

Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. ---->>>

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

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

I have never developed indigestion from eating my words. ---->>>

My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop. ---->>>

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church would suit me better. ---->>>

The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult. ---->>>

We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years. ---->>>

Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham. ---->>>

In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might. ---->>>

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.

Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old. ---->>>

The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all. ---->>>

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.

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.

I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk. ---->>>

Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement. ---->>>

Eating words has never given me indigestion. ---->>>

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders. ---->>>

War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.

War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. ---->>>

Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat. ---->>>

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed. ---->>>

Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.

Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.

These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.

These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived.

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

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

No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.

No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.

It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive. ---->>>

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all. ---->>>

I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place. ---->>>

It is a fine game to play - the game of politics - and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging.

It is a fine game to play - the game of politics - and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging.

One does not leave a convivial party before closing time. ---->>>

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.

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 contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: November 30, 1874
Birthplace:
Die: 01-24, 1965
Occupation: Statesman
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