Winston Churchill was one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century. He is best known for his leadership during World War II, when he helped to rally the British people against the Nazis. Churchill was also a prolific writer, and his speeches and essays are still studied and admired today. In this blog post, I will share 130 of his most famous quotes. These quotes cover a wide range of topics, including politics, war, history, and more.

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”― Winston S. Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”― Winston S. Churchill

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”― Winston S. Churchill

“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”― Winston S. Churchill

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”― Winston S. Churchill

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”― Winston S. Churchill

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”― Winston S. Churchill

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”― Winston S. Churchill

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”― Winston S. Churchill

“He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”― Winston S. Churchill

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”― Winston S. Churchill

“A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, then asks you not to kill him.”― Winston S. Churchill

“In those days he was wiser than he is now—he used frequently to take my advice.”― Winston S. Churchill

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”― Winston S. Churchill

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”― Winston S. Churchill

“From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”― Winston S. Churchill

“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.”― Winston S. Churchill

“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.”― Winston S. Churchill

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”― Winston S. Churchill

“We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.”― Winston S. Churchill

“A lady came up to me one day and said ‘Sir! You are drunk,’ to which I replied ‘I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.”― Winston S. Churchill

“We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”― Winston S. Churchill

“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.”― Winston S. Churchill

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”― Winston S. Churchill

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”― Winston S. Churchill

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

“I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.”― Winston S. Churchill

“For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”― Winston S. Churchill

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”― Winston S. Churchill

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”― Winston S. Churchill

“But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Fold him in his country’s stars. Roll the drum and fire the volley! What to him are all our wars, what but death be mocking folly?”― Winston S. Churchill

“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”― Winston S. Churchill

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”― Winston S. Churchill

“No soldier outlives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”― Winston S. Churchill

“How can faceless bureaucrats in an intelligence agency deny brave soldiers a chance to tell the truth?”― Winston S. Churchill

“Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”― Winston S. Churchill

“That’s what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.”― Winston S. Churchill

“I’ll tell you what I’m fighting for. Not for England, nor her allies, nor any patriotic cause. It’s all come down to the hope of being with you.”― Winston S. Churchill

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”― Winston S. Churchill

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”― Winston S. Churchill

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”― Winston S. Churchill

“I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?”― Winston S. Churchill

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”― Winston S. Churchill

“We have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”― Winston S. Churchill

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

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

 “I owe my advancement entirely to the House of Commons, whose servant I am. In my country as in yours public men are proud to be the servants of the State and would be ashamed to be its masters.” ― Winston S. Churchill

 “I have been in full harmony all my life with the tides which have flowed on both sides of the Atlantic against privilege and monopoly, and I have steered confidently towards the Gettysburg ideal of government of the people, by the people, for the people.” ― Winston S. Churchill

 “Eaten bread is soon forgotten. Dangers which are warded off by effective precautions and foresight are never even remembered.”― Winston S. Churchill

“We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“Great battles, won or lost, change the entire course of events, create new standards of values, new moods, new atmospheres, in armies and in nations, to which all must conform.”― Winston S. Churchill

 “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”― Winston S. Churchill

“The nation… had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”― Winston S. Churchill

 “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.’”― Winston S. Churchill

 “We shall go on to the end… 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.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“Things do not get better by being let alone. Unless they are adjusted, they explode with shattering detonation.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Everyone remembers the remark of the old man at the point of death: that his life had been full of troubles most of which had never happened.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Fortune is rightly malignant to those who break with the traditions and customs of the past.”― Winston S. Churchill

“The story of the human race is War. Except for brief and precarious interludes there has never been peace in the world.”― Winston S. Churchill

“I had picked up a wide vocabulary and had a liking for words and for the feel of words fitting and falling into their places like pennies in a slot.”― Winston S. Churchill

“All the greatest things are simple and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom; Justice; Honor; Duty; Mercy; Hope.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Everyone can recognize history after it has happened; but it is only the wise man who knows at the moment what is vital and permanent, what is lasting and memorable.”― Winston S. Churchill

“The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Any clever person can make plans for winning a war if he has no responsibility for carrying them out.”― Winston S. Churchill

“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.”― Winston S. Churchill

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Too often the strong silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say.”― Winston S. Churchill

“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”― Winston S. Churchill

“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 honor and good sense.”― Winston S. Churchill

“unpunctuality is a vile habit, and all my life I have tried to break myself of it.”― Winston S. Churchill

“I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.”― Winston S. Churchill

“In critical and baffling situations it is always best to recur to first principles and simple action.”― Winston S. Churchill

“we must be prepared. We must be ready for all eventualities. It is good to be patient, it is good to be circumspect; it is good to be peace-loving. But that is not enough. We must be strong.”― Winston S. Churchill

“The first victory we have to win is to avoid a battle; the second if we cannot avoid it, to win it.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Politics is almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.”― Winston S. Churchill

“every pleasure has its corresponding drawback, just as every rose its thorn.”

“it is better to have an ambitious plan than none at all.”― Winston S. Churchill

“if we open a quarrel between the past and the present we shall find that we have lost the future.”― Winston S. Churchill

“It is not open to the cool bystander…to set himself up as an impartial judge of events which would never have occurred had he outstretched a helping hand in time.”― Winston S. Churchill

“‘All men are created equal’ says the American Declaration of Independence. ‘All men shall be kept equal’ say the British Socialist Party.”― Winston S. Churchill

“It was the nation and race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion’s heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.”― Winston S. Churchill

“Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king.”― Winston S. Churchill

“logic, like science, must be the servant and not the master of man.”― Winston S. Churchill

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