120 Dynamic Winston Churchill Quotes

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Winston Churchill was a famous British politician who was born on November 30th 1874 in Woodstock, England. His early life was spent in Dublin but he returned to England to attend school.

Even though he didn’t excel in school, Churchill enrolled in the Royal Military College. After graduating, he joined the British Cavalry. During his time in the military, he traveled extensively and wrote about his experiences. In 1908, he married Clementine Hozier, and the couple went on to have five children together. It was during this time that Churchill began his illustrious political career.

He became a member of Parliament in 1900, and when Neville Chamberlain resigned in 1940 during the second World War, Churchill took his place as Prime Minister of England. It was thought that his leadership was the reason for the defeat of Hitler. Churchill lost the 1945 election, but regained his position as Prime Minister in 1951.

In January 1965, Churchill died at the age of 90. His speeches during the war conveyed strength and courage to the population of Great Britain in the face of adversity, and with his candor and wit, he gained much favor among the British people.

These dynamic Winston Churchill quotes prove he was a powerful force in the twentieth century and beyond.

Winston Churchill Quotes

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.

It is no use saying ‘we are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.

It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

British Parliament and Big Ben in the foreground of the London skyline
“Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.” – Winston Churchill

It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

Dictators ride to and fro on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Churchill quote "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject"
“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” – Winston Churchill

I have never accepted what many people have kindly said, namely that I have inspired the nation. It was the nation and the race dwelling all around the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.

Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Winston Churchill quote "I am easily satisfied with the very best"
“I am easily satisfied with the very best.” – Winston Churchill

Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending – sit down.

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: “This was their finest hour.

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.

The English know how to make the best of things. Their so-called muddling through is simply skill at dealing with the inevitable.

Churchill quote "Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential"
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill

War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.

In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it.

If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best grace possible.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.

Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality. How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it!

Winston Churchill quote "Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning"
“Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.” – Winston Churchill

We must beware of needless innovations, especially when guided by logic.

One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory there is no survival.

Winston Churchill quote "History is written by the victors"
“History is written by the victors.” – Winston Churchill

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.

The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.

I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

The English never draw a line without blurring it.

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

Churchill quote "The price of greatness is responsibility"
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” – Winston Churchill

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

"A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure"
“A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure.” – Winston Churchill

This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.

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

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

A woman's hands cupped and holding cherry blossom flowers
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace, and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.

It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

Sir Winston as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during WWII in 1942
“I never worry about action, but only inaction.” – Winston Churchill

It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.

All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.

Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

“Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”

"Great and good are seldom the same man"
“Great and good are seldom the same man.” – Winston Churchill

The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of engineers.

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

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.

"Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others"
“Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.” – Winston Churchill

Politics is 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.

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.

Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.

If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.

I may be drunk, miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.

Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

Winston Churchill quote "Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge"
“Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

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

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Broadly speaking short words are best and the old words when short, are best of all.

Winston Churchill quote "To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often"
“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.

There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life and war, has it exceptions.

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 glory of the climb.

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

Churchill quote "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm"
“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

In the course of my life I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.

Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others.

In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

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.

"I have never developed indigestion from eating my words"
“I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.” – Winston Churchill

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.

There is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty"
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

No crime is so great as daring to excel.

I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality by contact with this great novel land of yours which sticks up out of the Atlantic.

We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.

"Play the game for more than you can afford to lose. Only then will you learn the game"
“Play the game for more than you can afford to lose. Only then will you learn the game.” – Winston Churchill

11 Fun Facts About Churchill

  1. While in New York City in 1931, Winston Churchill was hit by a vehicle while leaving a taxi. He had looked right instead of left for cars, as he was familiar with English roads.
  2. Churchill took about 60 bottles of booze with him when he left for the Boer War, and preferred Johnny Walker Red Label
  3. Winston Churchill proposed to three women during while in his twenties. All three women denied his request, but he did remain friends with them.
  4. The first known use of the term “OMG” was in a letter to Churchill over 100 years ago.
  5. Churchill was so well-known for his smoking, he has a cuban cigar named after him. The Churchill is about 7 inches long and 19mm wide and was first produced by the label Romeo y Julieta.
  6. Churchill became Prime Minister of a national government on May 10, 1940 at age 65. This was the same day Hitler invaded France and the Low Countries.
  7. Churchill was very independent and rebellious even at a very early age. These qualities resulted in a poor academic record at school.
  8. When Winston Churchill traveled in a ship during World War II, he had a lifeboat mounted with a machine gun so he could “resist capture at all costs.”
  9. In 1953, Churchill won a Nobel Prize in Literature. In his lifetime, he wrote more than Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare… combined!
  10. Churchill was personally involved in the development of the tank. It was first used in battle by the British army in September of 1916.
  11. He was voted “Greatest Briton” by the BBC in 2002 for his leadership and accomplishments in the 20th Century.

These famous Winston Churchill quotes poignantly show his ability to create camaraderie among the people of the United Kingdom during such a challenging period. Churchill’s wisdom is why he is often thought of as one of the greatest wartime leaders in history.

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer and researcher with an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring ideas and tips that help people learn, gro, and inspire others.

22 thoughts on “120 Dynamic Winston Churchill Quotes”

  1. I look at our worlds political condition and know Mr. Churchill is chuckling at our attempts to sort it all out.
    Great article. Thank you very much.

  2. What I needed to read today as America ( and the world) fight this invisible enemy! I think I will read it daily as I read the Bible. Both contain a wisdom I need in these difficult times. While I previously had heard a few, the list gave me another reminder of the genius of the man. Thank you. Mrs L Werner

  3. Thanks for the quotes , so inspirational!
    When some are asking for his statue to be removed I wonder if they even know ANYTHING about the man and his times and what he achieved.

  4. I am an uneducated bricklaying dyslexic author, who stands up open mouth at the shear brilliance of the man.

  5. I whas reminded of the quote”never have so many owed so much to so few” referring to the RAF during ing WWII as I was pondering the task of all medical people during this pandemic.

    • Wilbur, you may be thinking of the quote along the lines of “a young man who isn’t a liberal has no heart, and an old man who isn’t conservative has no brain.” This is often misattributed to Churchill, but not conclusively his. Thanks for asking!

  6. It would have been a monumental exercise in futility to challenge Winston in a war of words. All the same, I would have give much to engage.

  7. “To achieve peace and peacefulness in Europe, it is not only necessary to destroy German imperialism, rather it is also necessary to destroy the imperialist chauvinism of a little Serbia.”
    Does anyone knows whether this saying that is attributed to WC is true or false, if true where is printed, where it could be read

  8. He was the greatest politician of the XXth century, for sure. England, France and part of Europe would have lost a lot without the man he was. His fighting spirit, his capabilities to force the destiny and sometimes his wicked wit has changed the course of WWII history.

    In ‘fun facts’, you could add that first time Churchill met De Gaule, by the time almost an anonymous general in the military hierarchy, he told him ‘l’homme du destin’ !

  9. Every time I visit London I’m still amazed at the courage the English people exhibited during the constant bombardment from German aircraft. If you ever visit London look closely at some of the buildings, statues and structures in the city. you will see that many still bear the scars of bombing and aircraft machine gun fire. They were never repaired to this day. They inspired another famous Churchill quote, “lest we forget”. Well done and well said Mr. Prime Minister.

  10. It was wonderful to find all these great quotes by Winston Churchill in one place. He was a unique person with a brilliant mind.
    Thank you.


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