Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer and artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be recognised as an honorary citizen of the United States.
During his army career, Churchill saw military action in India, the Sudan and the Second Boer War. He gained fame and notoriety as a war correspondent and through contemporary books he wrote describing the campaigns. He also served briefly in the British Army on the Western Front in the First World War, commanding the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers.
At the forefront of the political scene for almost fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of the Asquith Liberal government. During the war he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign caused his departure from government. He returned as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War and Secretary of State for Air. In the interwar years, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative government.
After the outbreak of the Second World War, Churchill was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940, he became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and led Britain to victory against the Axis powers. Churchill was always noted for his speeches, which became a great inspiration to the British people and to the embattled Allied forces.
After losing the 1945 election, he became Leader of the Opposition. In 1951 he again became prime minister, before finally retiring in 1955. Upon his death, the Queen granted him the honour of a state funeral, which saw one of the largest assemblies of statesmen in the world. (More information on Wikipedia)
Where my reason, imagination or interest were not engaged, I would not or I could not learn.
Although always prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it should be postponed.
You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Eating words has never given me indigestion.
Great and good are seldom the same man.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
I like a man who grins when he fights.
I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks.
If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
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.
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.
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
Never, never, never give up.
“No comment” is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.
There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
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.
Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.
We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.