Winston Churchill Quotes & Wallpapers

Winston Churchill
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I had a feeling once about Mathematics - that I saw it all. Depth beyond depth was revealed to me - the Byss and Abyss. I saw - as one might see the transit of Venus or even the Lord Mayor's Show - a quantity passing through infinity and changing its sign from plus to minus. I saw exactly why it happened and why the tergiversation was inevitable but it was after dinner and I let it go. Winston Churchill

Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. Winston Churchill

It is never possible to guarantee success, it is only possible to deserve it. Winston Churchill

Strategy is all very well, but it pays to give thought from time to time to the results. Winston Churchill

No sky is heavy if the heart be light Winston Churchill

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 Winston Churchill

Don't give your sons money. Give them horses. Many a good son has been ruined through the acquisition of money but no good son has been ruined through the acquisition of horses. Unless they fell and broke their neck, which when taken at the gallop is a very good death to die. Winston Churchill

Most of the significant contributions that have been made to society have been made by people who were tired. Winston Churchill

Never abandon life. There is a way out of everything except death. Winston Churchill

There is required for the composition of a great commander not only massive common sense and reasoning power, not only imagination, but also an element of legerdemain, an original and sinister touch, which leaves the enemy puzzled as well as beaten. Winston Churchill

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

There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away. The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool's paradise. Winston Churchill

I love to learn but I do not want to be taught Winston Churchill

One would have thought that if there was one cause in the world which the Conservative party would have hastened to defend, it would be the cause of the British Empire in India ... Our fight is hard. It will also be long ... But win or lose, we must do our duty. If the British people are to lose their Indian Empire, they shall do so with their eyes open. Winston Churchill

Without courage all other virtues lose their meaning. Winston Churchill

America, can always be counted upon to do the right thing in the end, having first exhausted the available alternatives. Winston Churchill

Safety and certainty in oil lie in variety, and variety alone. Winston Churchill

The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade; character, not technicalities. Winston Churchill

Our inheritance of well-founded, slowly conceived codes of honor, morals and manners, the passionate convictions which so many hundreds of millions share together of the principles of freedom and justice, are far more precious to us than anything which scientific discoveries could bestow. Winston Churchill

An optimist sees the oportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill

Advertising nourishes the consuming power of men. Winston Churchill

Thus, by every device from the stick to the carrot, the emaciated Austrian donkey is made to pull the Nazi barrow up an ever-steepening hill. Winston Churchill

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public. Winston Churchill

We should not abandon our special relationship with the United States and Canada about the atomic bomb. Winston Churchill

The Government of India had imprisoned Mr. Gandhi and they had been sitting outside his cell door begging him to help them out of their difficulties. Winston Churchill

Some people did not like this ceremonious style. But after all when you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite. [Churchill ended his December 8, 1941 letter to the Japanese Ambassador, declaring that a state of war now existed between the United Kingdom and Japan, with the courtly flourish "I have the honour to be, with high consideration, Sir, Your obedient servant".] Winston Churchill

In war, truth is often the first casualty. Winston Churchill

These two great organisations of the English-speaking democracies, the British Empire and the United States, will have to be somewhat mixed up together in some affairs for mutual and general advantage. I do not view the process with any misgivings. I could not stop it if I wished. Let it roll on full flood, inexorable, irresistible, benignant, to broader lands, and better days. Winston Churchill

The United Nations was set up not to get us to heaven, but only to save us from hell. Winston Churchill

I am a child of the House of Commons. I was brought up in my fathers house to believe in democracy. Trust the peoplethat was his message. Winston Churchill

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

Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield. Winston Churchill

The United States is like a gigantic boiler. Once the fire is lit under it, there's no limit to the power it can generate. Winston Churchill

Nothing is more dangerous in wartime than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll, always feeling ones pulse and taking ones temperature. I see that a speaker at the week-end said that this was a time when leaders should keep their ears to the ground. All I can say is that the British nation will find it very hard to look up to leaders who are detected in that somewhat ungainly posture. Winston Churchill

Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn. Winston Churchill

The English never draw a line without blurring it. Winston Churchill

Science should be on tap, not on top. Winston Churchill

If you wanted nothing done at all, Balfour was the man for the job. Winston Churchill

Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime ministers have never yet been invested. Winston Churchill

One time he was asked if he believed in an afterlife. After a moment's hesitation he said no, that he thought there was only "some kind of velvety cool blackness," adding then: "Of course, I admit I may be wrong. It is conceivable that I might well be reborn as a Chinese coolie. In such case I should lodge a protest." Winston Churchill

All this contains much that is obviously true, and much that is relevant; unfortunately, what is obviously true is not relevant, and what is relevant is not obviously true. Winston Churchill

A good party man puts his party above himself and his country above his party. Winston Churchill

Mr. Gladstone read Homer for fun, which I thought served him right. Winston Churchill

Do not let us speak of darker days, let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days-the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race. Winston Churchill

History unfolds itself by strange and unpredictable paths. We have little control over the future; and none at all over the past. Winston Churchill

Young people at universities study to achieve knowledge and not to learn a trade. We must all learn how to support ourselves, but we must also learn how to live. We need a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of modern engineers. Winston Churchill

Things do not get better by being left alone. Winston Churchill

The test of real character is what a man does when he is tired. Winston Churchill

We shape our homes and then our homes shape us. Winston Churchill

We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges Winston Churchill

I like things to happen, and if they don't happen I like to make them happen. Winston Churchill

You have to run risks. There are no certainties in war. There is a precipice on either side of you - a precipice of caution and a precipice of over-daring. Winston Churchill

I feel like an aeroplane at the end of its flight, in the dusk, with the petrol running out, in search of a safe landing. Winston Churchill

This fulfils my ambition. I still have my father's robe as Chancellor. I shall be proud to serve you in this splendid office. Winston Churchill

I expect you will find that change is the best kind of rest. Winston Churchill

Victory is the beautiful, bright-colored flower. Transport is the stem without which it could never have blossomed. Winston Churchill

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day. Winston Churchill

It is impossible to obtain a conviction for sodomy from an English jury. Half of them don't believe that it can physically be done, and the other half are doing it. Winston Churchill

Out of the depths of sorrow and sacrifice will be born again the glory of mankind. Winston Churchill

I wonder whether any other generation has seen such astounding revolutions of data and values as those through which we have lived. Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent and vital, has lasted. Everything I was sure or taught to be sure was impossible, has happened. Winston Churchill

Nothing is perfect on the human stage... Winston Churchill

No one should waste a day. Winston Churchill

Still, it is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in, and to punish with exceptional severity all members of their own race who have warmed their hands at the invaders' hearth. Winston Churchill

The very first thing the President [Truman] did was to show me the new Presidential Seal, which he had just redesigned. He explained, 'The seal has to go everywhere the President goes. It must be displayed upon the lectern when he speaks. The eagle used to face the arrows but I have re-designed it so that it now faces the olive branches ... what do you think?' I said, 'Mr. President, with the greatest respect, I would prefer the American eagle's neck to be on a swivel so that it could face the olive branches or the arrows, as the occasion might demand.' Winston Churchill

The Russians will try all the rooms in a house, enter those that are not locked, and when they come to one that cannot be broken into, they will withdraw and invite you to dine genially that same evening. Winston Churchill

When you're 20 you care what everyone thinks, when you're 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you're 60 you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place. You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

No socialist government conducting the entire life and industry of the country could afford to allow free, sharp or violently worded expressions of public discontent. They would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo, no doubt very humanly directed in the first instance. Winston Churchill

Personal initiative, competitive selection, the profit motive, corrected by failure and the infinite process of good housekeeping and the personal ingenuity-here constitute the life of a free society. Winston Churchill

This truth may be unfashionable, unpalatable, no doubt unpopular, but, if it is the truth, the story of mankind shows that war was universal and unceasing for millions of years before armaments were invented or armies organized. Indeed, the lucid intervals of peace and order only occurred in human history after armaments in the hands of strong governments have come into being, and civilization in every age has been nursed only in cradles guarded by superior weapons and superior discipline. Winston Churchill

If you recognize anyone it does not mean you like them. Winston Churchill



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