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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on November 30, 1874, and died on January 24, 1965. Churchill comments on human nature, society, and the world in general. If you get over the initial abruptness of these chosen quotations, you could see underlying meanings.


LoThe most amusing tend to grow strong

GENIUS resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. [Winston Churchill]

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another [Winston Churchill]

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

You cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing. [Winston Churchill]

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. [Winston Churchill]

My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them. [Winston Churchill]

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. [Winston Churchill]

All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. [Winston Churchill]

There is [one] duty . . . and that is to try to be right. [Winston Churchill]

War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can. [Winston Churchill]

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

A joke is a very serious thing. [Winston Churchill] (2)

When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite. [Winston Churchill on formal declaration of war]

LoThe idea that custum makes perfect is erroneous and fanatic

THEY SAY that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds. [Winston Churchill] (3)

Logic can be a poor guide compared with custom. [Winston Churchill]With WC [Winston Churchill]

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more. [Winston Churchill, Roving Commission: My Early Life, 1930, Chapter 9] (4)

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

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

There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion. [Winston Churchill]

LoWise men fight with grins and searching eyes

A PRISONER of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him. [Winston Churchill] (5)

It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive. [Winston Churchill]

I am easily satisfied with the very best. [Winston Churchill] MM

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. [Winston Churchill]

If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce. [Winston Churchill]

Wise men learn from their mistakes. [Winston Churchill]

I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. [Winston Churchill]

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. [Winston Churchill]

Let it be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye. [cf. Winston Churchill] (7)

I like a man who grins when he fights. [Winston Churchill]

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. [Winston Churchill]

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. [Winston Churchill]

To improve is to change; to be perfect [can be] to change often. [Winston Churchill]

We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic. [Winston Churchill]

For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else. [Winston Churchill, speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet, London, November 9, 1954]

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. [Winston Churchill] (8)

Writing a book is an adventure. [Winston Churchill]

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. [Winston Churchill, speech in November 1942]

When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber. [Winston Churchill]



  1. The most amusing tend to grow strong.
  2. The idea that adhering or conforming to various custums makes perfect is fanatic and wrong.
  3. Wise men fight with grins and searching eyes. You can do the same.

IN NUCE One of the most amusing idea is that adhering to customs talks of no fights.

The voice of Winston Churchill "won that war"

ANECDOTE Mark Twain met Winston Churchill in 1900, when Churchill was just becoming prominent as a young statesman. The occasion was a dinner in London. Churchill and Twain went out for a brief time to have a smoke. Sir William Harcourt observed when they departed that whichever one got the floor first would keep it. He speculated that, since as Twain was an older and more experienced hand, Churchill's voice would get the first good rest that it had had in years.

When the two men returned, Harcourt asked Churchill whether he had enjoyed himself, and the young man replied, "Yes," very enthusiastically.

Turning to Twain, Sir William put the same question. Twain hesitated and said, "I have had a good smoke."

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