Best of Winston Churchill

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    • Jun 21, 2013

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

    Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.

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

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

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

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

    Nancy Astor: "Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison." Churchill: "If I were your husband I would take it."

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

    If you are going to go through hell, keep going.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

    Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.

    If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is 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.

    You ask, What is our policy? I will 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 with one word: Victory´┐Żvictory 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.

    We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

    Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour!"

    A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.

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

    Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

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

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

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

    I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

    It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.

    It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.

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

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

    Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

    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.

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

    The price of greatness is responsibility.

    The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.

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

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

    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 the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

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