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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.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, November 12, 1936
- We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Lecture, Cleveland, Ohio, February 3, 1932
- Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep them in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Letter to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison
- It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
- Sir Winston Churchill, My Early Life, 1930
- I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- Sir Winston Churchill, on the eve of his 75th birthday
- I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.'
- Sir Winston Churchill, quoted in Rudolf Flesch, ed., "The New Book of Unusual Quotations" (NY: Harper & Row, 1966), p. 311
- We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Radio broadcast, London, March 21, 1943
- 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.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1939
- 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.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1941
- It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Roving Commission: My Early Life, 1930, Chapter 9
- One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Second World War (1948)
- The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Speech at Harvard University, September 6, 1943
- For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
- Sir Winston Churchill, speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet, London, November 9, 1954
- From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Speech in March 1946
- Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Speech in November 1942
- We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
- Sir Winston Churchill, speech in the House of Commons, July 14, 1940
- 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.
- Sir Winston Churchill, speech in the House of Commons, November 29, 1944
- 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.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, 1941, Harrow School
- 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.
- Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, House of Commons, May 2, 1935
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