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  1. Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.” — Winston Churchill
  2. 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
  3. War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.” — Winston Churchill
  4. We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.” — Winston Churchill
  5. We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.” — Winston Churchill
  6. We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” — Winston Churchill
  7. We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.” — Winston Churchill
  8. We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” — Winston Churchill
  9. We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.” — Winston Churchill
  10. We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.” — Winston Churchill
  11. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
  12. We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” — Winston Churchill
  13. 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.” —Winston Churchill
  14. We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” — Winston Churchill
  15. We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.” — Winston Churchill
  16. We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” — Winston Churchill
  17. What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?” — Winston Churchill
  18. 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.” — Winston Churchill
  19. When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.” — Winston Churchill
  20. When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.” — Winston Churchill
  21. When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.” — Winston Churchill
  22. Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” — Winston Churchill

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