80+ Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes To Guide One’s Life

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Are you looking for inspirational Winston Churchill quotes? We have made a collection of quotes by Winston Churchill that may relate to you and inspire you as well.

Who is Winston Churchill:

Sir Winston Churchill was a British leader and politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice, first from 1940 to 1945 and then again from 1951 to 1955. He is widely recognized as one of the twentieth century’s finest wartime commanders and is best remembered for his speeches, many of which are still referenced today.

Churchill was born in 1874 into an aristocratic family and attended Harrow School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Winston Churchill is largely regarded as one of the most significant individuals in modern British history, and his leadership during World War II is universally admired. Churchill died in 1965 and was given a state burial before being buried at St Martin’s Churchyard in Bladon, England.

Here are some unknown facts about Winston Churchill:

  • Winston Churchill was a brilliant painter, and several of his works are still on exhibit.
  • He was a prolific writer, with several books published, including a history of English-speaking peoples and a six-volume memoir of his time in office
  • Churchill was not legally legitimate since his parents were not married when he was born.
  • During World War I, he was a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Tank Corps, and he was an early supporter of the use of tanks in battle.
  • He was a lifelong smoker who enjoyed cigars and brandy. During his presidency, he consumed a lot of both.
  • Despite guiding Britain through the Second World War as Prime Minister, Churchill lost the 1945 general election. He was re-elected Prime Minister in 1951 and remained in office until 1955.

Famous Winston Churchill Quotes

Everyone can recognize history when it happens. Everyone can recognize history after it has happened; but only the wise man knows at the moment what is vital and permanent, what is lasting and memorable.

Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.

Winston Churchill Quotes time

Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you. Give me a pig. He just looks you in the eye and treats you as an equal.

I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen I like to make them happen.

Winston Churchill Quotes

Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.

Success is not final, and failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill Quotes on courage

I never worry about action, but only about inaction.

Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.

All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.

Winston Churchill Quotes

Harsh laws are at times better than no laws at all.

To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

Winston Churchill Quotes

The price of greatness is responsibility.

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

There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies and that is fighting without them.

Winston Churchill Quotes

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without a result.

If you mean to profit, learn to please.

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

Winston Churchill Quotes

It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.

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.

Winston Churchill Quotes

My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.

One does not leave a convivial party before closing time.

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

Winston Churchill Quotes

To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.

It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice to be making losses.

Winston Churchill Quotes

Every man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.

If you destroy a free market you create a black market.

Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.

Winston Churchill Quotes on life

When I was younger I made it a rule never to take a strong drink before lunch. Now it is my rule never to do so before breakfast.

All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.

Winston Churchill Quotes

I have in my life concentrated more on self-expression than self-denial.

If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

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

Winston Churchill Quotes

It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.

There is not much collective security in a flock of sheep on the way to the butcher.

In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.

Winston Churchill Quotes on finance

Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn’t happen.

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

Do you have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in your life.

Winston Churchill Quotes

Censure is often useful, and praise is often deceitful.

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

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

Winston Churchill Quotes

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

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 Quotes on life

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.

Winston Churchill Quotes

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

It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.

Winston Churchill Quotes

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

Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction.

Winston Churchill Quotes

What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.

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

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill Quotes

The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we do not want a world of engineers.

Democracy is the worst form of government except for all others.

One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather.

Winston Churchill Quotes

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.

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

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

Courage is rightly esteemed as the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality that guarantees all others.

I object on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to human good feeling and charity.

For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

Elderly people and those in authority cannot always be relied upon to take enlightened and comprehending views of what they call the indiscretions of youth.

The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backward so that he can breathe without letting go.

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

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

Inspiring Winston Churchill Quotes To Read

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

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are often no longer strong.

We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another.

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.

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

To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.

Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.

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

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

You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.

In a war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times.

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

The element of the unexpected and the unforeseeable is what gives some of its relishes to life and saves us from falling into the mechanical thralldom of the logicians.

Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.

You never can tell whether bad luck may not after all turn out to be good luck.

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

Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.

There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life and war, has its exceptions.

It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.

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

Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.

Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.

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

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