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Sir Winston Churchill

British politician (1874 - 1965)

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

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

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This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.

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There is no such thing as a good tax.

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

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A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.

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

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We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, 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.

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There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.

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

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It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

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My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.

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MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.

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I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

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If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.

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

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

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When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

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There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.

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

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It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

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I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

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My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.

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MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.

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I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

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If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.

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

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We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

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.... You ask, What is our policy? I will say; "It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy." You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory - 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.

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[He] looks at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe.

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Who will relieve me of this Wuthering Height

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If heaven is going to be full of people like Hardie, well, the Almighty can have them to himself.

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There but for the grace of God goes God.

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It might be said that Lord Rosebery outlived his future by ten years and his past by more than twenty.

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[On recognizing China] But if you recognize anyone it does not mean you like them. For instance, we all recognize the right honourable gentleman the member for Ebbw Vale.

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I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.

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Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt... We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

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From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.

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Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

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So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.

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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.

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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 other forms that have been tried from time to time.

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I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.

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

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Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few.

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The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter.

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It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.

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From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.

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

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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.

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I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

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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.

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He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

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Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

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Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.

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Virtuous motives, trammeled by inertia and timidity, are no match for armed and resolute wickedness. A sincere love of peace is no excuse for muddling hundreds of millions of humble folk into total war. The cheers of the weak, well-meaning assemblies soon cease to count. Doom marches on.

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If you are not a liberal at twenty, you have no heart. If you are not a conservative at forty, you have no brain.

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Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

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

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Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

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

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

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Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

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

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Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.

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History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

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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.

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

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Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

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Never in the course of history, have so many owed so much to so few.

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Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together- what do you get? The sum of all fears.

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I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.

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Why you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman, and th most audacious soldier, put them at a table together-and what do you get? The sum of their fears.

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The price of greatness is responsibility.

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Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.

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A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.

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We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.

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We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

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When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.

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It helps to write down half a dozen things which are worrying me. Two of them, say, disappear; about two, nothing can be done, so it

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

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

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We shape our buildings and they shape us.

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

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Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill- designed for the purpose.

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Immature love says, I love you because I need you, mature love says, I need you because I love you.

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When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on.

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All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

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An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.

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The truth is so precious that she must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.

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What kind of people do they think we are, do they think we will be bowed by their tryanny?

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You will make all kinds of mistakes but as long as you are generous and true and fierce you cannot hurt the world, or even seriously distress her.

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Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.

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

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Success is never final.

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Statistics are like a drunk with a lampost: used more for support than illumination.

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

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It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

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Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill- designed for the purpose.

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It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

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This report, by its very length, defends itself against being read.

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

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

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

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

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

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I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

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The price of greatness is responsibility.

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

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It is no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

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

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

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I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

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For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.

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A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.

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