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Below, Churchill 1874–1965) comments on human nature, society, and the world in general.


1. The most amusing tend to grow strong

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

Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. - Winston Churchill

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

Try to be right. - 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]

2. The 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)

Quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. - Winston Churchill, Roving Commission: My Early Life, 1930, Chapter 9] (4)

3. Wise men fight with grins and searching eyes

I am easily satisfied with the very best. - Winston Churchill ✪ 

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

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

We must beware of needless innovation. - 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]


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


Winston Churchill quotations, Churchill quoted, Literature  

Gilbert, Martin, ed. Churchill: The Power of Words. His remarkable life recounted through his writings and speeches. London: Bantam Press. ⍽▢⍽ The historian Sir Martin Gilbert has selected 200 extracts.

Humes, James C. 1994. The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill: A Treasury of More than 1,000 Quotations and Anecdotes. New York: HarperCollins. ⍽▢⍽ A former speech writer for four US presidents has collected witticisms and other statements of the statesman, with anecdotes about him and information on his tastes, views, and opinions.

Pelling, Henry M. 1989. Winston Churchill. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan. ⍽▢⍽ A biography.

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