Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill is widely considered the most influential individual in British history.

Churchill was a prominent British politician and statesman who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom during World War II and led the UK to victory over Nazi Germany. He served as prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and also from 1951 to 1955.

Winston Churchill was born on November 30, 1874 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, UK. Before becoming a politician and statesman, Churchill was an officer in the British Army as well as a non-academic historian and writer.

As a young Army officer, Churchill saw combat action in British India as well as during the Anglo–Sudan War, and the Second Boer War. Churchill gained public recognition when he became a war reporter and after he wrote books on his military campaigns abroad.

Winston Churchill’s rise as the leader of England came after World War II broke out throughout Europe. Churchill’s speeches and radio addresses inspired the citizens and the military of England to keep resistance the Nazi advance across Europe. He was especially instrumental in rallying Britain during 1940-1941 when it stood alone as the last holdout against Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Europe.

After the allied victory and German surrender in 1945, Churchill took a prominent role in warning Europe of  Soviet influence. He publicly rallied Europe to unite against the “Iron Curtain” of Soviet influence.

Here are 100 of the best quotes from Winston Churchill:

Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions. — Winston Churchill

When you’re 20 you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60 you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. — Winston Churchill

Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage. — Winston Churchill

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. — Winston Churchill

Churchill: “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?” Socialite: “My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course… ” Churchill: “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” Socialite: “Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!” Churchill: “Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price. — Winston Churchill

If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty, you have no brain. — Winston Churchill

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

Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision. — Winston Churchill

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

There is nothing government can give you that it hasn’t taken from you in the first place. — Winston Churchill

If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea. — Winston Churchill

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. — Winston Churchill

A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest. — Winston Churchill

Smoking Cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavor, and you. — Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. — Winston Churchill

The POSITIVE THINKER sees the INVISIBLE, feels the INTANGIBLE, and achieves the IMPOSSIBLE. — Winston Churchill

A nation that forgets its past has no future. — Winston Churchill

Vast and fearsome as the human scene has become, personal contact of the right people, in the right places, at the right time, may yet have a potent and valuable part to play in the cause of peace which is in our hearts. — Winston Churchill

One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions. — Winston Churchill

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. — Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. — Winston Churchill

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate, you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. — Winston Churchill

We must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence. — Winston Churchill

If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost. — Winston Churchill

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

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about. — Winston Churchill

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

The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire. — Winston Churchill

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. — Winston Churchill

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

Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off with mere personal success or acceptance. 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 events. — Winston Churchill

The Russian Bolsheviks have discovered that truth does not matter so long as there is reiteration. They have no difficulty whatever in countering a fact by a lie which, if repeated often enough and loudly enough, becomes accepted by the people. — Winston Churchill

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? — Winston Churchill

Your greatest fears are created by your imagination. Don’t give in to them. — Winston Churchill

Sometimes our best is simply not enough…. We have to do what is required. — Winston Churchill

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. — Winston Churchill

Success is the ability to continue to move through total disaster. — Winston Churchill

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. — Winston Churchill

I’d rather argue against a hundred idiots, than have one agree with me. — Winston Churchill

There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion. — Winston Churchill

Remember the story of the Spanish prisoner. For many years he was confined in a dungeon… One day it occurred to him to push the door of his cell. It was open; and it had never been locked. — Winston Churchill

You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war. — Winston Churchill

Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free, and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age… 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.’ — Winston Churchill

The unforgivable sin of Hitler’s Germany was to develop a new economic system by which the international bankers were deprived of their profits. — Winston Churchill

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. — Winston Churchill

All dogs look up to you. All cats look down on you. Only the pig looks at you as an equal. — Winston Churchill

Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality. — Winston Churchill

Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea. Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it. — Winston Churchill

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. — Winston Churchill

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained. Having a family guarantees that you have a built in support system, and although that support system may not always be what you want it to be, when it comes down to the wire, your family will love you and stand behind you, no matter what. — Winston Churchill

Mr. Churchill your drunk!”
Mr. Churchill: “And you, Lady Astor, are ugly. As for my condition, it will pass by the morning. You, however, will still be ugly. — Winston Churchill

To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour. — Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. — Winston Churchill

If you’re going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

When a nation has allowed itself to fall under a tyrannical regime, it cannot be absolved from the faults due to the guilt of that regime. — Winston Churchill

The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous. — Winston Churchill

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

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. — Winston Churchill

Everybody stumbles across a golden opportunity at least once in a lifetime. Unfortunately most people just pick themselves up, dust themselves down, and walk away from it. — Winston Churchill

The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman. — Winston Churchill

Christopher Columbus was the first socialist: he didn’t know where he was going, he didn’t know where he was? and he did it all at taxpayers expense. — Winston Churchill

I get my exercise being a pallbearer for those of my friends who believed in regular running and calisthenics. — Winston Churchill

A man is about as big as the things that make him angry. — Winston Churchill

If you destroy a free market you create a black market. — Winston Churchill

Give me the facts, and I will twist them the way I want, to suit my argument. — Winston Churchill

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

There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he will find greatness. It is his finest hour. — Winston Churchill

A nation which has forgotten its past can have no future. — Winston Churchill

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber. — Winston Churchill

Success is often nothing more than moving from one failure to another with undiminished enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill

The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law and particularly to deny him the judgement of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist. — Winston Churchill

For the first 25 years of my life, I wanted freedom. For the next 25 years, I wanted order. For the next 25 years, I realized that order is freedom. — Winston Churchill

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. — Winston Churchill

The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery. — Winston Churchill

Money is like manure, its only good if you spread it around. — Winston Churchill

I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents. — Winston Churchill

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

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been. — Winston Churchill

The women’s suffrage movement is only the small edge of the wedge, if we allow women to vote it will mean the loss of social structure and the rise of every liberal cause under the sun. Women are well represented by their fathers, brothers, and husbands. — Winston Churchill

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

Whenever I feel the need to take some exercise I lie down until the feeling goes away. — Winston Churchill

Nobody ever launched an attack without having misgivings beforehand, You ought to have misgivings before; but when the moment of action is come, the hour of misgivings is passed. It is often not possible to go backward from a course which has been adopted in war. A man must answer “Aye” or “No” to the great questions which are put, and by that decision he must be bound. — Winston Churchill

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. — Winston Churchill

You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves. — Winston Churchill

We are with Europe but not of it. We are linked, not combined. We are interested and associated, not absorbed. And should European statesmen address us in the words that were used of old – Shall I speak for thee to the King or the Captain of the Host? – we should reply with the Shunamite woman: “Nay sir, for we dwell among our own people”. — Winston Churchill

Mr Churchill, to what do you attribute your success in life? Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. And never sit down when you can lie down. — Winston Churchill

If you want to discover new oceans, you must first have the courage to leave shore. — Winston Churchill

Who is not liberal when young, does not have a heart. Who is not conservative when old, does not have a brain. — Winston Churchill

When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical. — Winston Churchill

If you don’t have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything. — Winston Churchill

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. — Winston Churchill

As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us. — Winston Churchill

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. — Winston Churchill

Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut. — Winston Churchill

The cemetery is full of indispensable people. — Winston Churchill

Without execution, thinking is mere idleness. — Winston Churchill

Remember gentleman, it’s not just France we’re fighting for, it’s Champagne! — Winston Churchill

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

No socialist government conducting the entire life and industry of the country could afford to allow free, sharp or violently worded expressions of public discontent. They would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo, no doubt very humanly directed in the first instance. — 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. — Winston Churchill

If you want me to speak for two minutes, it will take me three weeks of preparation. If you want me to speak for thirty minutes, it will take me a week to prepare. If you want me to speak for an hour, I am ready now. — Winston Churchill

Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash. — Winston Churchill

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

Appeasement is feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last. — Winston Churchill

All the great things are simple. — Winston Churchill

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

To be conservative at 20 is heartless and to be a liberal at 60 is plain idiocy. — Winston Churchill

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

To sit at one’s table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a Squeezer pen – that is true happiness. — Winston Churchill

A modest little person, with much to be modest about. — Winston Churchill

Socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the object worship of the state. — Winston Churchill

I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion. — Winston Churchill

Luckily … there were Zulus and Afghans, also the Dervishes in the Sudan. Some of these might, if they were well-disposed, ‘put up a show’ some day. — Winston Churchill

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. — Winston Churchill

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