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Winston Churchill

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

“A joke is a very serious thing.”

“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 politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”

“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.”

“Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.”

“Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.”

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

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

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

“If I was your wife Sir, I’d poison you!” “Madam, if you were my wife, I’d let you!”

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

“Most people stumble over the truth, now and then, but they usually manage to pick themselves up and go on, anyway.”

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

“Never, never, never give up.”

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

“No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.”

” ‘No comment’ is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.”

“No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.”

“No crime is so great as daring to excel.”

“No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.”

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

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

“Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is – the strong horse that pulls the whole cart.”

“Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.”

“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiam.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

“There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.”

“There is no such thing as a good tax.”

“There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.”

“Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it; but, in the end; there it is.”

“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.”

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

— Winston Churchill

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