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Winston Churchill
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The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade; character, not technicalities. Winston Churchill
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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 Churchill
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Everything tends towards catastrophe and collapse. I am interested, geared up and happy. Is it not horrible to be made like this? Winston Churchill
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[Golf] is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture. Winston Churchill
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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 the glory of the climb. Winston Churchill
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We know that he [Ramsay MacDonald] has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest number of words into the into the smallest amount of thought. Winston Churchill
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Bearing ourselves humbly before God... we await undismayed the impending assault... be the ordeal sharp or long, or both, we shall seek no terms, we shall tolerate no parlay; we may show mercy - we shall ask for none. Winston Churchill
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I have nothing to add to the reply which has already been sent. Winston Churchill
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Meeting Roosevelt was like uncorking your first bottle of champagne. Winston Churchill
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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
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This Treasury paper, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. Winston Churchill
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Preparation is - if not the key to genius - then at least the key to sounding like a genius. Winston Churchill
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With integrity, nothing else counts. Without integrity, nothing else counts. Winston Churchill
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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
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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
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An optimist sees the oportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill
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Advertising nourishes the consuming power of men. Winston Churchill
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I love to learn but I do not want to be taught Winston Churchill
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Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime ministers have never yet been invested. Winston Churchill
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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
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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
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A good party man puts his party above himself and his country above his party. Winston Churchill
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Mr. Gladstone read Homer for fun, which I thought served him right. Winston Churchill
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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
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History unfolds itself by strange and unpredictable paths. We have little control over the future; and none at all over the past. Winston Churchill
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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
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Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield. Winston Churchill
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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
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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
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Things do not get better by being left alone. Winston Churchill
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The test of real character is what a man does when he is tired. Winston Churchill
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He who fails to plan is planning to fail. Winston Churchill
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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
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Without courage all other virtues lose their meaning. Winston Churchill
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No one can understand history without continually relating the long periods which are constantly mentioned to the experiences of our own short lives. Winston Churchill
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Armed with a paint-box, one cannot be bored, one cannot be left at a loose end, one cannot 'have several days on one's hands. Winston Churchill
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Men will forgive a man anything except bad prose. Winston Churchill
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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
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In war, truth is often the first casualty. Winston Churchill
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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
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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
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I like things to happen, and if they don't happen I like to make them happen. Winston Churchill
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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
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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
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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
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I expect you will find that change is the best kind of rest. Winston Churchill
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Victory is the beautiful, bright-colored flower. Transport is the stem without which it could never have blossomed. Winston Churchill
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Never abandon life. There is a way out of everything except death. Winston Churchill
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The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go. Winston Churchill
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You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, 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. Winston Churchill
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As far as I can see you have used every cliche except 'God is Love' and 'Please adjust your dress before leaving. Winston Churchill
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A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal. Winston Churchill
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It is a gaping wound, whenever one touches it and removes the bandages and plasters of daily life. Winston Churchill
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Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves. Winston Churchill
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One voyage to India is enough; the others are merely repletion. Winston Churchill
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It may be that we shall by a process of sublime irony have reached a stage in this story where safety will be the sturdy child of terror, and survival the twin brother of annihilation. Winston Churchill
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If it is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised. Winston Churchill
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I have waited fifty years to see the Boneless Wonder sitting on the Treasury Bench. Winston Churchill
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Bossom? What an extraordinary name. Neither one thing nor the other! Winston Churchill
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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
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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
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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
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Unless some effective supranational government can be set up and brought quickly into action, the prospects of peace and human progress are dark and doubtful. Winston Churchill
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Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry. Winston Churchill
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Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another. Winston Churchill
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Schools have not necessarily much to do with education...they are mainly institutions of control where certain basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school. Winston Churchill
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