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List T – Winston Churchill – Quotes


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

  2. The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.

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

  4. The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.

  5. The first quality that is needed is audacity.

  6. The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy’s aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.

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

  8. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

  9. The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.

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

  11. The price of greatness is responsibility.

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

  13. 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.

  14. The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all.

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.

  19. These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived.

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

  21. This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.

  22. 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.

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

  24. To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

  25. To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.

  26. Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.

  27. True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.

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