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List I – Winston Churchill – Quotes


  1. I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.

  2. 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.

  3. I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.

  4. I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.

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

  6. I am easily satisfied with the very best.

  7. I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

  8. 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.

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

  10. I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.

  11. I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.

  12. I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.

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

  14. I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

  15. I like a man who grins when he fights.

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

  17. I never worry about action, but only inaction.

  18. I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside.

  19. If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.

  20. If it weren’t for painting, I wouldn’t live; I couldn’t bear the extra strain of things.

  21. If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.

  22. 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.

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

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

  25. 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.

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

  27. If you’re going through hell, keep going.

  28. I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.

  29. 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.

  30. In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.

  31. 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.

  32. In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.

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

  34. India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.

  35. It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

  36. It is a fine game to play – the game of politics – and it is well worth waiting for a good hand before really plunging.

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

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

  39. It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

  40. It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.

  41. It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.

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

  43. It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion’s heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.

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