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The 40 Greatest Quotes From Winston Churchill
Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2013 | John Hawkins

Posted on 01/19/2013 5:32:16 AM PST by Kaslin

The finest American President of the 20th century was Ronald Reagan, but the greatest world leader during that time was Winston Churchill. Had the Brits not had a man of his caliber at the helm during World War 2, world history may have turned out very differently. Not only was Churchill a great leader, he was one of the single most quotable men who has ever walked God's green earth.

40) “It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

39) “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”

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

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

36) "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

35) “In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity.”

34) “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”

33) “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”

32) “When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.”

31) “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

30) "We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."

29) Lady Astor: “Winston, if I were your wife I’d put poison in your coffee.”

Winston Churchill: “Nancy, if I were your husband I’d drink it.”

28) “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”

27) “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.”

26) “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

25) “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

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

23) “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”

22) “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”

21) “Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.”

20) “The Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.”

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

18) "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others."

17) “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

16) "Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon."

15) “The Germans have received back again that measure of fire and steel which they have so often meted out to others. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

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

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

12) “To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all!…Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder.”

11) “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”

10) “What kind of a people do they (Japan) think we are? Is it possible they do not realise that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?”

9) “I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

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

7) “We (The British) have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”

6) “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.”

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

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

3) “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 the 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.”

2) “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 made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour!’”

1) “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.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: quotes; ronaldreagan; winstonchurchill; worldwarii

1 posted on 01/19/2013 5:32:21 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sadly, Churchill saved England from the Nazis, but today, they are losing England to the Muslims. There is no Churchill to save them.


2 posted on 01/19/2013 5:36:47 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Kaslin
Thanks Kas......... “When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.”
3 posted on 01/19/2013 5:38:13 AM PST by virgil283 ( *- Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.-*)
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To: Kaslin

Listen here:

http://archive.org/details/WinstonS.ChurchillsWarSpeeches

Churchill is one of my favorite human beings.


4 posted on 01/19/2013 5:41:08 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Kaslin
No wonder Osama Obama returned Churchill's bust to the British Ambassador.These quotes must affect a Maoist like him like kryptonite affects Superman.
5 posted on 01/19/2013 5:42:51 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Red State Secession Is The Only Answer)
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To: txrefugee

or us.


6 posted on 01/19/2013 5:49:13 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin

A few new ones here for me. Thanks for posting.


7 posted on 01/19/2013 5:52:36 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Kaslin
27) “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.”

Let's cut this one out and give it to the squishy, get-along RINOs...

8 posted on 01/19/2013 5:57:11 AM PST by THX 1138 ("Harry, I have a gift.")
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To: Kaslin

The only leader whom I esteem above Reagan.


9 posted on 01/19/2013 6:05:55 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent post.


10 posted on 01/19/2013 6:06:39 AM PST by EternalVigilance (It's amazing how expensive "free" can be.)
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To: Kaslin

Bump for later


11 posted on 01/19/2013 6:18:11 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The only leader whom I esteem above Reagan.

In order: Churchill, Reagan and Thatcher.

12 posted on 01/19/2013 6:22:32 AM PST by dearolddad
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To: Kaslin

One of my favorite quotes about Churchill rather then from him was from a great article about Churchill’s use of language by Isaiah Berlin:

” But, in the event, it did turn a large number of inhabitants of the British Isles out of their normal selves and, by dramatizing their lives and making them seem to themselves and to each other clad in the fabulous garments appropriate to a great historic moment, transformed cowards into brave men, and so fulfilled the purpose of shining armor.”


13 posted on 01/19/2013 6:30:24 AM PST by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years. RSC)
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To: Kaslin
Thank you for the post of Churchill, he was a wonderful man who loved freedom and said so as well a great leader of Briton and a man of strength and character. He had iron in him as a man of his word, a great mind, an awesome strategist, an impeccable leader of Britain's people whom he loved. Men like him are few and far between. He seems to be Christian influenced.
14 posted on 01/19/2013 6:33:22 AM PST by kindred (Jesus Christ is the Lord God Messiah of Israel, a present help in time of trouble.)
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To: Kaslin
10 “What kind of a people do they (Japan) think we are? Is it possible they do not realise that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?”

This one I haven’t heard before, and I sure wish someone would say it again with some authority. We don’t fight our enemies with even 10 per cent of this fortitude.

15 posted on 01/19/2013 6:42:57 AM PST by AdSimp
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To: Gay State Conservative
No wonder Osama Obama returned Churchill's bust to the British Ambassador.These quotes must affect a Maoist like him like kryptonite affects Superman.

LOL! That was my first thought too!

16 posted on 01/19/2013 6:46:19 AM PST by maryz
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To: kindred

I think a lot of his toughness came from the fact he was half-American. Forget British caving to Islam in 2013...they were more than happy to cave to the National Socialists and World Socialists in the 1930’s, and Churchill was totally out of phase with popular British thinking of that day. However, one of the better traits of Americans was that they didn’t quit no matter what...at least, back then.


17 posted on 01/19/2013 6:48:04 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: Kaslin

ping - this is a keeper


18 posted on 01/19/2013 7:06:34 AM PST by grb
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To: Kaslin
Thank you, Kaslin. I will repeat the number one quote to myself every day for the next 4 years. It will be a tough, unhappy time but I will try to keep the faith!
19 posted on 01/19/2013 7:12:29 AM PST by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: originalbuckeye

You are welcome. It’s an excellent quote and we all should repeat it to ourselves


20 posted on 01/19/2013 7:22:50 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: txrefugee
Sadly, Churchill saved England from the Nazis, but today, they are losing England to the Muslims. There is no Churchill to save them.

Churchill saved England from the Nazis, but sadly today, they are losing England to the Muslims. There is no Churchill to save them

Not to criticize you, but I think this sounds better

21 posted on 01/19/2013 7:27:10 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Bump for later.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 7:49:30 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Don't worry about the cliff. We're going to all land on some rich guy's wallet.)
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To: MuttTheHoople
Never forget that as soon as he had succeeded in saving there arses he was unceremoniously dumped in their defiant march to socialism!!!!!
23 posted on 01/19/2013 7:58:18 AM PST by ontap
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To: ontap

there=their


24 posted on 01/19/2013 7:58:57 AM PST by ontap
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To: Kaslin

We have great Obama quotes: “how do you say that in Austrian?”


25 posted on 01/19/2013 8:11:18 AM PST by wny
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To: Kaslin
Not only was Churchill a great leader, he was one of the single most quotable men who has ever walked God's green earth.

Agreed.

(I have had only one tagline since 2004, btw.)

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26 posted on 01/19/2013 8:58:08 AM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Kaslin

Worshipers of the incompetent war monger Churchill need to read Patrick Buchanan’s book “Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War”. Churchill was a shill for the British aristocracy’s imperialism, you remember, the ideology we fought and won our revolution against. Time to get a little smarter, people. It has definite survival benefits.


27 posted on 01/19/2013 8:58:21 AM PST by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: txrefugee

His reward for saving England was to be cast aside for socialism. England has been in a state of deterioration ever since.


28 posted on 01/19/2013 11:18:15 AM PST by strongbow
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To: Yollopoliuhqui
Oh good, another asshole who believes Pat's crap about Hitler only wanted the “Polish Corridor” to unite East Prussia and Danzig to the Reich. If you enjoy reading so much, I can suggest a book that showed Hitler's true feelings about Poland and Russia. This particular book is unimpeachable about Hitler's true desires. You may of heard of it, it's called “Mein Kampf” and the author is Adolf Hitler.
29 posted on 01/19/2013 3:05:39 PM PST by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: HenpeckedCon

Don’t get snotty, just look at Churchill’s resume before British desperation pushed him on stage. Start with Gallipoli. Then invite that clot of empire building effete poofters and popinjays who gave the world the Versailles Treaty over for tea and thank them for WWII. What is it about empire that our founding fathers despised, but that our current think tank conservatives feel all warm and fuzzy with? Kill the empire. Buchanan at least thinks independently, unlike a lot of Eastern Establishmnent classic British social Darwinist liberals in Uncle Sam clothing.


30 posted on 01/19/2013 4:00:32 PM PST by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: Kaslin
Here's another:





Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

31 posted on 01/19/2013 4:00:58 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kaslin


GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR TROOPS!





Sir Winston S. Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965)



"Having received His Majesty's commission, I have formed an administration of men and women of every party and of almost every point of view. We have differed and quarreled in the past; but now one bond unites us all - to wage war until victory is won, and never to surrender ourselves to servitude and shame, whatever the cost and agony may be. This is one of the most awe-striking periods in the long history of France and Britain. It is also beyond doubt the most sublime. Side by side, unaided except by their kith and kin in the great Dominions and by the wide Empires which rest beneath their shield, the British and French peoples have advanced to rescue not only Europe, but mankind from the foulest and most soul-destroying tyranny which has ever darkened and stained the pages of history. Behind them - behind us - behind the armies and fleets of Britain and France - gather a group of shattered States and bludgeoned races: the Czechs, the Poles, the Norwegians, the Danes, the Dutch, the Belgians - upon all of whom the long night of barbarism will descend, unbroken even by a star of hope, unless we conquer, as conquer we must; as conquer we shall.

Today is Trinity Sunday. Centuries ago words were written to be a call and a spur to the faithful servants of Truth and Justice: 'Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be.'"

Radio Broadcast – 13May1940


"With Mind And Hand"



Coronet Winston S. Churchill, 4th Queen's Own Hussars, 1895









Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

32 posted on 01/19/2013 4:06:55 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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