Success is not final, failure is not fatal it is the courage to continue that counts. A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. A joke is a very serious thing. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. 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 prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried already. Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Quotes by Winston Churchill Eating words has never given me indigestion. Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others. Great and good are seldom the same man. Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. History is written by the victors. I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place. I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. I am easily satisfied with the very best. I like a man who grins when he fights. I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. I never worry about action, but only inaction. I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks. If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Quotes by Winston Churchill In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times. It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it. Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it. Never, never, never give up. No crime is so great as daring to excel. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read. The price of greatness is responsibility. 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.
Quotes by Winston Churchill There is no such thing as a good tax. There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion. War is mainly a catalogue of blunders. We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.