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Like other systems in decay, the Roman Empire continued to function for several generations after its vitality was sapped. For nearly a hundred years our Island was one of the scenes of conflict between a dying civilisation and lusty, famishing barbarism. -- Winston Churchill
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Churchill - "Love to learn - hate to be taught. -- Winston Churchill
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I must place on record my regret that the human race ever learned to fly. -- Winston Churchill
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My only consolation for the failure of the Dardanelles was that God wished things to be prolonged in order to sicken mankind of war, and that therefore He had interfered with a project that would have brought the war to a speedier conclusion. -- Winston Churchill
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Certainly the prolonged education indispensable to the progress of society is not natural to mankind. -- Winston Churchill
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Advertising mourishes the consuming power of men. It sets up before a man the goal of a better home, better clothing, better food for himself and his family. It spurs individual exertion and greater production. -- Winston Churchill
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A sheep in sheep's clothing. [on Clement Attlee] -- Winston Churchill
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Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. -- Winston Churchill
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There's no such thing as a good tax. -- Winston Churchill
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I am in favor of deliberately spreading methodically prepared bacteria among people and animals
mildew ... to destroy the harvests, anthrax to destroy horses and livestock, and the plague, in order to kill not only entire armies, but also the inhabitants of large regions. -- Winston Churchill
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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. -- Winston Churchill
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The Pashtun tribes are always engaged in private or public war. Every man is a warrior, a politician and a theologian Every large house is a real feudal fortress ... Eve ry family cultivates its vendetta; every clan, its feud ... Nothing is ever forgotten and very few debts are left unpaid. -- Winston Churchill
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I have never accepted what many people have kindly said - namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it. -- Winston Churchill
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Thus, be every device from the stick to the carrot, the emaciated Austrian donkey is made to pull the Nazi barrow up an ever-steepening hill. -- Winston Churchill
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The press is easier to strangle than to look in the eyes. -- Winston Churchill
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Far be it from me to paint a rosy picture of the future ... But I should be failing in my duty if, on the other side, I were not to convey the true impression, that this great nation is getting into its war stride. -- Winston Churchill
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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. -- Winston Churchill
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I do not admit ... that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia ... by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race ... has come in and taken its place. -- Winston Churchill
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The salvation of the common people of every race and of every land from war or servitude must be established on solid foundations and must be guarded by the readiness of all men and women to die rather than submit to tyranny. -- Winston Churchill
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The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer - not even here where we sedulously cultivate it even in its most repulsive form. -- Winston Churchill
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Men often stumble onto the truth but then quickly dust themselves off and hurry away. -- Winston Churchill
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Smoking Cigars is like falling in love. First, you are attracted by its shape; you stay for its flavor, and you must always remember never, never to let the flame go out! -- Winston Churchill
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I accumulated in those years so fine a surplus in the Book of Observance that I have been drawing confidently upon it ever since. -- Winston Churchill
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Don't give your sons money. Give them horses. Many a good son has been ruined through the acquisition of money but no good son has been ruined through the acquisition of horses. Unless they fell and broke their neck, which when taken at the gallop is a very good death to die. -- Winston Churchill
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I shall endeavor to marshal British opinion against a course of action which would bring in my opinion the greatest evils upon the people of India, upon the people of Great Britain and upon the British Empire itself. -- Winston Churchill
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A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life. -- Winston Churchill
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It is better to be making the news than taking it, to be an actor rather than a critic. -- Winston Churchill
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There is a place for everyone, man and woman, old and young, hale and halt; service in a thousand forms is open. There is no room now for the dilettante, the weakling, for the shirker, or the sluggard. From the highest to the humblest tasks, all are of equal honor; all have their part to play. -- Winston Churchill
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When one is in office one has no idea how damnable things can feel to the ordinary rank and file of the public. -- Winston Churchill
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A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure. -- Winston Churchill
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At the depths of that dusty soul there is nothing but abject surrender. -- Winston Churchill
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I had no idea of the enormous and unquestionably helpful part that humbug plays in the social life of great peoples dwelling in a state of democratic freedom. -- Winston Churchill
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In Franklin Roosevelt there died the greatest American friend we have ever known - and the greatest champion of freedom who has ever brought help and comfort from the New World to the Old. -- Winston Churchill
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There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided. -- Winston Churchill
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In all the twelve years I was at school no one ever succeeded in making me write a Latin verse or learn any Greek except the alphabet. -- Winston Churchill
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I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. -- Winston Churchill
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Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war. -- Winston Churchill
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We will mete out to the Germans the measure and more than the measure that they have meted out to us. We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst and we will do our best. -- Winston Churchill
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Have no fear of the future. Let us go forward into its mysteries, tear away the veils which hide it from our eyes, and move onwards with confidence and courage. -- Winston Churchill
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We hoped to land a wild cat that would tear out the bowels of the Boche. Instead we have stranded a vast whale with its tail flopping about in the water. -- Winston Churchill
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Play the game for more than you can afford to lose ... only then will you learn the game. -- Winston Churchill
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The Russian Bolsheviks have discovered that truth does not matter so long as there is reiteration. They have no difficulty whatever in countering a fact by a lie which, if repeated often enough and loudly enough, becomes accepted by the people. -- Winston Churchill
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Science should be on tap, not on top. -- Winston Churchill
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My greatest good fortune in a life of brilliant experiences has been to find you, and to lead my life with you. I don't feel far away from you out here at all. I feel very near in my heart; and also I feel that the nearer I get to honour, the nearer I am to you. -- Winston Churchill
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We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm. -- Winston Churchill
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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;but we shall never surrender. -- Winston Churchill
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I get my exercise being a pallbearer for those of my friends who believed in regular running and calisthenics. -- Winston Churchill
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The vistas of possibility are only limited by the shortness of life. -- Winston Churchill
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The story of the human race is war. Except for brief and precarious interludes there has never been peace in the world; and long before history began murderous strife was universal and unending. -- Winston Churchill
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Everyone can recognize history when it happens. Everyone can recognize history after is has happened; but only the wise man knows at the moment what is vital and permanent, what is lasting and memorable. -- Winston Churchill
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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. -- Winston Churchill
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The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we
recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history. -- Winston Churchill
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History unfolds itself by strange and unpredictable paths. We have little control over the future; and none at all over the past. -- Winston Churchill
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Is the only lesson of history to be that mankind is unteachable? -- Winston Churchill
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I would tell myself that I was about to address the largest mass assembly of idiots ever gathered in the history of mankind. -- Winston Churchill
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Little did we guess that what has been called the century of the common man would witness as its outstanding feature more common men killing each other with greater facilities than any other five centuries together in the history of the world. -- Winston Churchill
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The flags of the Confederate States of America were very important and a matter of great pride to those citizens living in the Confederacy. They are also a matter of great pride for their descendants as part of their heritage and history. -- Winston Churchill
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[The Balkans] produce more history than they can consume. -- Winston Churchill
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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. -- Winston Churchill
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I have not always been wrong. History will bear me out, particularly as I shall write that history myself. -- Winston Churchill
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In Hitler's launching of the Nazi campaign on Russia, we can already see, after six months of fighting, that he has made one of the outstanding blunders in history. -- Winston Churchill
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If the British Empire is fated to pass from life into history, we must hope it will not be by the slow process of dispersion and decay, but in some supreme exertion for freedom, for right and for truth. -- Winston Churchill
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If you are young, and not liberal, then you don't have a heart. If you are old, and not conservative, then you don't have a brain. -- Winston Churchill
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Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once. -- Winston Churchill
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The reservist is twice the citizen. -- Winston Churchill
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For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank. -- Winston Churchill
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Time is one thing that can never be retrieved. One may lose and regain friends. One may lose and regain money. Opportunity, once spurned, may come again. But the hours that are lost in idleness can never be brought back to be used in gainful pursuits -- Winston Churchill
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Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party. -- Winston Churchill
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Science bestowed immense new powers on man, and at the same time, created conditions which were largely beyond his comprehension. -- Winston Churchill
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Nobody wants to intervene in Russian affairs. Russia is a very large country, a very old country, a very disagreeable country inhabited by immense numbers of ignorant people largely possessed of lethal weapons and in a state of extreme disorder. Also Russia is a long way off. -- Winston Churchill
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It is remarkable that Lord Esher should be so much astray ... We must conclude that an uncontrollable fondness for fiction forbade him to forsake it for fact. Such constancy is a defect in an historian. -- Winston Churchill
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Just to paint is great fun ... Try it if you have not done so - before you die. -- Winston Churchill
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Who's in or out, who moves the grand machine, Nor stirs my curiosity, or spleen; Secrets of state no more I wish to know Than secret movements of a puppet-show; Let but the puppets move, I've my desire, Unseen the hand which guides the master wire. -- Winston Churchill
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There is the solution which I respectfully offer to you in this Address to which I have given the title "The Sinews of Peace." -- Winston Churchill
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I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. -- Winston Churchill
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And a pamphlet called Pick me up There is no genuine hatred against Herr Hitler. -- Winston Churchill
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This anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes has cost us the election, and yet if we were to have them killed, we would be the ones to go to jail. That's democracy for you! -- Winston Churchill
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If you don't have any enemies in life you have never stood up for anything. -- Winston Churchill
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No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. -- Winston Churchill
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We proceeded systematically, village by village and we destroyed the houses, filled up the wells, blew down the towers, cut down the shady trees, burned the crops and broke the reservoirs in punitive devastation. -- Winston Churchill
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Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential. -- Winston Churchill
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The Great War differed from all ancient wars in the immense power of the combatants and their fearful agencies of destruction, and from all modern wars in the utter ruthlessness with which it was fought. -- Winston Churchill
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There comes into the life of every man a task for which he and he alone is uniquely suited. What a shame if that moment finds him either unwilling or unprepared for that which would become his finest hour. -- Winston Churchill
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Listing your personal milestones is like storing a pocketful of sunshine for a rainy day. Sometimes our best is simply not enough ... We have to do what is required. -- Winston Churchill
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I am not sure I should have dared to start; but I am sure that I should not have dared to stop. -- Winston Churchill
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No sky is heavy if the heart be light -- Winston Churchill
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It may be that ... when the advance of destructive weapons enables everyone to kill everybody else nobody will want to kill anyone at all. [Referring to the hydrogen bomb.] -- Winston Churchill
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Personal initiative, competitive selection, the profit motive, corrected by failure and the infinite process of good housekeeping and the personal ingenuity-here constitute the life of a free society. -- Winston Churchill
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The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. -- Winston Churchill
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My ability to persuade my wife to marry me [was] quite my most brilliant achievement ... Of course, it would have been impossible for any ordinary man to have got through what I had to go through in peace and war without the devoted aid of what we call, in England, one's better half. -- Winston Churchill
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Dear citizen, if you were my love, I'd stole your money!' Admin if you were my love, I would ask you for divorce and spousal support! -- Winston Churchill
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How many have gone? How many more to go? The Admiralty is fast asleep and lethargy & inertia are the order of the day. However everybody seems delighted - so there is nothing to be said. No plans, no enterprise, no struggle to aid the general cause. Just sit still on the spacious throne and snooze. -- Winston Churchill
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The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all. -- Winston Churchill
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How little can we foresee the consequences either of wise or unwise action, of virtue or of malice. Without this measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed. -- Winston Churchill
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Wealth, taste and leisure can bring many things but they do not bring happiness. -- Winston Churchill
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I do not wonder that British youth is in revolt against the morbid doctrine that nothing matters but the equal sharing of miseries; that what used to be called the submerged tenth can only be rescued by bringing the other nine-tenths down to their le. -- Winston Churchill
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One does not leave a convivial party before closing time. -- Winston Churchill
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The late M. Venizelos observed that in all her wars Englandhe should have said Britain, of coursealways wins one battlethe last. -- Winston Churchill
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Good night, then - sleep to gather strength for the morning. For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly on all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn. -- Winston Churchill
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I am convinced that there is no smarter, handier, or more adaptable body of troops in the world. -- Winston Churchill
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Today I may way before an awestruck world; I am still master of my fate. I am still captain of my soul. -- Winston Churchill
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God alone knows how great it is. All I hope is that it is not too late. I am very much afraid that it is. We can only do our best. -- Winston Churchill
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There is no surer method of economizing and saving money than in the reduction of the number of officials. -- Winston Churchill
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Meet success like a gentleman; disaster like a man. -- Winston Churchill
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How I hated schools, and what a life of anxiety I lived there. I counted the hours to the end of every term, when I should return home. -- Winston Churchill
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You must put your head into the lion's mouth if the performance is to be a success. -- Winston Churchill
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There is, therefore, wisdom in reserving one's decisions as long as possible and until all the facts and forces that will be potent at the moment are revealed. -- Winston Churchill
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You must understand that this war is not against Hitler or National Socialism, but against the strength of the German people, which is to be smashed once and for all, regardless of whether it is in the hands of Hitler or a Jesuit priest. -- Winston Churchill
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Why should there not be a European group which could give a sense of enlarged patriotism and common citizenship to the distracted peoples of this turbulent and mighty continent? And why should it not take its rightful place with other great groupings and help to shape the onward destinies of men? -- Winston Churchill
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Ethics evolve naturally, and we trample upon them with laws created by reason and experience. -- Winston Churchill
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The further back I look, the further forward I can see. -- Winston Churchill
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In time of war, soldiers, however sensible, care a great deal more on some occasions about slaking their thirst than about the danger of enteric fever. Better known as typhoid, the disease is often spread by drinking contaminated water. -- Winston Churchill
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We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium. -- Winston Churchill
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The poodle [Rufus] ate in the dining room with the rest of the [Churchill] family. A cloth was laid for him on the Persian carpet beside the head of the household, and no one else ate until the butler had served Rufus's meal. -- Winston Churchill
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You can always rely on America to do the right thing
once it has exhausted the alternatives. -- Winston Churchill
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The shortest road to ruin is to emulate the methods of your adversary. -- Winston Churchill
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Life is a test and this world a place of trial. Always the problems - or it may be the same problem - will be presented to every generation in different forms. -- Winston Churchill
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It has not fallen to your lot to command great armies. You had to create them, organize them and inspire them. -- Winston Churchill
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The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash. -- Winston Churchill
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Bessie Braddock: "Winston, you're drunk. Churchill: "Bessie, you're ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober. -- Winston Churchill
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Soviet Union foreign policy is a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma, and the key is Russian nationalism. -- Winston Churchill
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This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. -- Winston Churchill
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You know, in war, you don't have to be nice. You only have to be right. -- Winston Churchill
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At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper-no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of the point. -- Winston Churchill
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No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it. -- Winston Churchill
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We get to make a living; we give to make a life. -- Winston Churchill
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Strategy is all very well, but it pays to give thought from time to time to the results. -- Winston Churchill
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Wars are not won by evacuations. -- Winston Churchill
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The element of the unexpected and the unforeseeable is what gives some of its relish to life and saves us from falling into the mechanical thralldom of the logicians. -- Winston Churchill
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Those who serve supreme causes must not consider what they can get but what they can give. -- Winston Churchill
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When you feel you cannot continue in your position for another minute, and all that is in human power has been done, that is the moment when the enemy is most exhausted, and when one step forward will give you the fruits of the struggle you have borne -- Winston Churchill
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If we could get out of this jam by giving up Malta and Gibraltar and some African colonies I would jump at it. But the only safe way is to convince Hitler that he cannot beat us. -- Winston Churchill
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The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope. -- Winston Churchill
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I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar. -- Winston Churchill
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Diplomacy is the art of telling plain truths without giving offense. -- Winston Churchill
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Quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. -- Winston Churchill
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It is easier to give directions than advice, and more agreeable to have the right to act, even in a limited sphere, than the privilege to talk at large. -- Winston Churchill
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It's Never Over 'till it's over! Never Give Up! Never. -- Winston Churchill
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Give me the facts, and I will twist them the way I want, to suit my argument. -- Winston Churchill
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Never give in, never! Be it concerning large things or small things, never, never, never! -- Winston Churchill
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I am a sporting man. I always like to give trains and aeroplanes a fair chance of getting away. -- Winston Churchill
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May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. -- Winston Churchill
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There is nothing government can give you that it hasn't taken from you in the first place. -- Winston Churchill
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Immense deposits of kimmeridge clay, containing the oil-bearing bands or seams, stretch across England from Dorsetshire to Lincolnshire. [An early political recognition of the native resource. The Geological Survey had identified the inflammable oil shale in reports since at least 1888.] -- Winston Churchill
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It is the English-speaking nations who, almost alone, keep alight the torch of Freedom. -- Winston Churchill
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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. -- Winston Churchill
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Everybody stumbles across a golden opportunity at least once in a lifetime. Unfortunately most people just pick themselves up, dust themselves down, and walk away from it. -- Winston Churchill
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Never trust a man who has not a single redeeming vice. -- Winston Churchill
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I am too busy. I have not time for worry. -- Winston Churchill
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For with primacy in power is also joined an awe inspiring accountability to the future. -- Winston Churchill
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The United States stands at the pinnacle of world power. This is a solemn moment for the American democracy. For with primacy in power is joined an awe-inspiring accountability for the future. -- Winston Churchill
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I feel devoutly thankful to have been born fond of writing. -- Winston Churchill
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If you travel the earth, you will find it is largely divided into two classes of people-people who say 'I wonder why such and such is not done" and people who say "Now who is going to prevent me from doing that thing?" -- Winston Churchill
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Plans are worthless. Planning is priceless. -- Winston Churchill
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This war proceeds along its terrible path by the slaughter of infantry ... I say to myself every day. What is going on while we sit here, while we go away to dinner or home to bed? Nearly, 1000 - Englishmen, Britishers, and the other is America ... Everything else is swept away. -- Winston Churchill
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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill
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Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces. -- Winston Churchill
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We were not made by Nature to work, or even to play, from eight o'clock in the morning till midnight. We ought to break our days and our marches into two. -- Winston Churchill
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India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator. -- Winston Churchill
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Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement. -- Winston Churchill
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I am weary of a task which is done and I hope I shall not shrink when the aftermath ends. My only wish is to live peacefully out the remaining years - if years they be. -- Winston Churchill
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Men will forgive a man anything except bad prose. -- Winston Churchill
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True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. -- Winston Churchill
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My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them. -- Winston Churchill
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I had been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who got drunk - and I would have liked to have the boozing scholars of the Universities wheeled into line and properly chastised for their squalid misuse of what I must ever regard as a gift of the gods. -- Winston Churchill
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English literature is a glorious inheritance which is open to all - there are no barriers, no coupons, and no restrictions. In the English language and in its great writers there are great riches and treasures, of which, of course, the Bible and Shakespeare stand along on the highest platform. -- Winston Churchill
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Art is to beauty what honor is to honesty. -- Winston Churchill
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Watch your thoughts, they become your words. -- Winston Churchill
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He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. -- Winston Churchill
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No more let us alter or falter or palter. From Malta to Yalta, and Yalta to Malta. -- Winston Churchill
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Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham. -- Winston Churchill
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Baldwin often times stumbles over the truth, but he always picks himself up and hurries on as if nothing had happened. -- Winston Churchill
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Don't deliver an essay with so many points. No one can absorb it. Just say one thing ... Of course, you can say the point in many different ways over and over again with different illustrations. -- Winston Churchill
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One may imagine that a man who blew the trumpet for his living would be glad to play the violin for his amusement. -- Winston Churchill
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You can measure a man's character by the choices he makes under pressure. -- Winston Churchill
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We have a very daring and skillful opponent against us, and, may I say across the havoc of war, a great general. -- Winston Churchill
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No crime is so great as daring to excel. -- Winston Churchill
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We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. -- Winston Churchill
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What is a fine person or a beauteous face,
Unless deportment give them decent grace;
Blessed with all other requisites to please,
To want the striking elegance of ease;
Awkward, embarrassed, stiff, without the skill
Of moving gracefully, or standing still. -- Winston Churchill
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Islam is more dangerous in a man than rabies in a dog. -- Winston Churchill
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It is all right to rat, but you can't re-rat. -- Winston Churchill
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There was a man who sold a hyena skin while the beast still lived and who was killed in hunting it. -- Winston Churchill
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I'm finished ... I'm done. What I want above all things is to take some active part in beating the Germans ... I'd go out to the Front at once. -- Winston Churchill
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In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it. -- Winston Churchill
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He [President Franklin D. Roosevelt] died in harness, and we may well say in battle harness, like his soldiers, sailors and airmen who died side by side with ours and carrying out their tasks to the end all over the world. What an enviable death was his. -- Winston Churchill
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All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. -- Winston Churchill
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Democracy means that when there's a knock in the door at 3 am, it's probably the milkman. -- Winston Churchill
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Books, in all their variety, offer the human intellect the means whereby civilisation may be carried triumphantly forward. -- Winston Churchill
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Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes? -- Winston Churchill
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It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude. -- Winston Churchill
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Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield. -- Winston Churchill
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'No comment' is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again. -- Winston Churchill
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If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail. -- Winston Churchill
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What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? -- Winston Churchill
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They feed the crocodile in the hope that he will eat them last. -- Winston Churchill
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If the present tries to sit in judgment of the past, it will lose the future. -- Winston Churchill
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I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents. -- Winston Churchill
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I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment, failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer, I should at once have been rightly cast aside. -- Winston Churchill
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Perfect solutions of our difficulties are not to be looked for in an imperfect world. -- Winston Churchill
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If you simply take up the attitude of defending a mistake, there will no hope of improvement. -- Winston Churchill
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I have never developed indigestion from eating my words. -- Winston Churchill
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There is no purpose in living where there is nothing to do. -- Winston Churchill
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Achievement is not last, disappointment is not deadly: It is the mettle to proceed with that matters. -- Winston Churchill
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Historians are apt to judge war ministers less by the victories achieved under their direction than by the political results which flowed from them. Judged by that standard, I am not sure that I shall be held to have done very well. -- Winston Churchill
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We shape our homes and then our homes shape us. -- Winston Churchill
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The cat does more for the war effort than you do. He acts as a hot-water bottle and saves fuel and power. -- Winston Churchill
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A pessimist sees problems in opportunities whereas an optimist sees opportunities in problems. -- Winston Churchill
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When told by a helpful aide that his flies were undone he replied 'Young man, there is no harm in leaving the cage door open if the bird is dead! -- Winston Churchill
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I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British instead of the other way around, I might have gotten here on my own. -- Winston Churchill
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I liked wine, both red and white, and especially Champagne; and on very special occasions I could even drink a small glass of brandy. -- Winston Churchill
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Gentleman, I am hardening on this enterprise. I repeat, I am now hardening towards this enterprise. -- Winston Churchill
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Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains. -- Winston Churchill
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Who is not liberal when young, does not have a heart. Who is not conservative when old, does not have a brain. -- Winston Churchill
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Lenin was sent into Russia by the Germans in the same way that you might send a phial containing a culture of typhoid or cholera to be poured into the water supply of a great city, and it worked with amazing accuracy. -- Winston Churchill
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There comes a special moment in everyone's life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission - a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he will find greatness. It is his finest hour. -- Winston Churchill
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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. That is the only way to deserve and to win the confidence of our great people in these days of trouble. -- Winston Churchill
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Nothing is perfect on the human stage ... -- Winston Churchill
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The whole of northern Norway was covered with snow to depths which none of our soldiers had ever seen, felt, or imagined. There were neither snow-shoes nor skis - still less skiers. We must do our best. Thus began this ramshackle campaign. -- Winston Churchill
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If Europe were once united in the sharing of its common inheritance there would be no limit to the happiness, the prosperity, and the glory which its 300,000,000 or 400,000,000 people would enjoy. -- Winston Churchill
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Everyone threw the blame on me ... they nearly always do. I suppose ... they think I shall be able to bear it best. -- Winston Churchill
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There is no limit to the ingenuity of man if it is properly and vigorously applied under conditions of peace and justice. -- Winston Churchill
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My mother made a brilliant impression upon my childhood life. She shone for me like the evening star. -- Winston Churchill
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I'd rather argue against a hundred idiots, than have one agree with me. -- Winston Churchill
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The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself. -- Winston Churchill
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The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it. -- Winston Churchill
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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. -- Winston Churchill
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The Dark Ages may return-the Stone Age may return on the gleaming wings of Science; and what might now shower immeasureable material blessings upon mankind may even bring about its total destruction. Beware! I say. Time may be short.
Referring to the discovery of atomic energy. -- Winston Churchill
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It is not given to princes, statesmen and captains to pierce the mysteries of the future, and even the most penetrating gaze reaches only conclusions which, however seemingly vindicated at a given moment, are inexorably effaced by time. -- Winston Churchill
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One ought to be just before one is generous -- Winston Churchill
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If, however, there is to be a war of nerves let us make sure our nerves are strong and are fortified by the deepest convictions of our hearts. -- Winston Churchill
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Out of the depths of sorrow and sacrifice will be born again the glory of mankind. -- Winston Churchill
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There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you. -- Winston Churchill
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Free speech carries with it the evil of all foolish, unpleasant venomous things that are said but, on the whole, we would rather lump them than do away with them. -- Winston Churchill
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Never give in, never give in, never give in. -- Winston Churchill
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I think a curse should rest on me - because I love this war. I know it's smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment - and yet - I can't help it - I enjoy every second of it. -- Winston Churchill
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Don't take 'no' for an answer, never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off with mere personal success or acceptance. You will make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or events. -- Winston Churchill
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Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common ... Celebrate it every day. -- Winston Churchill
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He is like a female llama surprised in her bath. -- Winston Churchill
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One cannot leap a chasm in two jumps. -- Winston Churchill
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His name is Rufus II-but the II is silent. -- Winston Churchill
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All dogs look up to you. All cats look down on you. Only the pig looks at you as an equal -- Winston Churchill
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Do you know why the nose of the bull dog is sloped backwards? So it can keep on breathing without ever letting go. -- Winston Churchill
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Oh, what is the matter with poor Puggy-Wug? Pet him and kiss him and give him a hug. Run and fetch him a suitable drug. Wrap him up tenderly all in a rug. That is the way to cure Puggy-Wug. -- Winston Churchill
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Our dog chases people on a bike. We've had to take it off him. -- Winston Churchill
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We are really doing our very best. There are no doubt many mistakes and shortcomings. A lot of things are done none too well. Some things that ought to be done have not yet been done ... [But Britain's effort has] justly commanded the wonder and admiration of every friendly nation in the world. -- Winston Churchill
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The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the future of Christian civilization. -- Winston Churchill
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When I warned them [the French] that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken. Some chicken! Some neck! -- Winston Churchill
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The belief that security can be obtained by throwing a small state to the wolves is a fatal delusion. -- Winston Churchill
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Land monopoly is not only monopoly, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies; it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly. -- Winston Churchill
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This wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred. this monstrous product of former wrongs and shame. -- Winston Churchill
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Here Churchill repeats with approval a statement he had first made in January, 1930 "at a meeting at the Cannon Street Hotel." "Sooner or later you will have to crush Gandhi and the Indian Congress and all they stand for." -- Winston Churchill
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Make for the children an evening of happiness in a world of storm. Let the children have their night of fun and laughter ... resolved that by our daring, these same children shall not be denied their right to live in a free and decent world. -- Winston Churchill
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The only way a man can remain consistent amid changing circumstances is to change with them while preserving the same dominating purpose. -- Winston Churchill
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By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. -- Winston Churchill
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Things do not get better by being left alone. -- Winston Churchill
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My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. -- Winston Churchill
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You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner, and no halfway measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That's what I always do. -- Winston Churchill
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If you wanted nothing done at all, Balfour was the man for the job. -- Winston Churchill
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There is more blood than paint upon these hands. All those thousands of men killed. We thought it would be a little job, and so it might have been if it had begun in the right way. -- Winston Churchill
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If you find a job you love, you'll never work again ... -- Winston Churchill
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The United States is like a gigantic boiler. Once the fire is lit under it, there's no limit to the power it can generate. -- Winston Churchill
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I am sure that the mistakes of that time will not be repeated; we should probably make another set of mistakes. -- Winston Churchill
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Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. -- Winston Churchill
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This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. -- Winston Churchill
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Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners. -- Winston Churchill
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The difference between mere management and leadership is communication. -- Winston Churchill
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Everybody has always underrated the Russians. They keep their own secrets alike from foe and friends. -- Winston Churchill
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The man who stands firm in order to protect a sand-castle can never be relied upon; for he has given away his common sense. -- Winston Churchill
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I am a child of the House of Commons. I was brought up in my fathers house to believe in democracy. Trust the peoplethat was his message. -- Winston Churchill
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It is alarming ... to see Mr Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well-known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Vice-regal Palace while he is still organising and conducting a campaign of civil disobedience. -- Winston Churchill
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It is better to do something than to do nothing while waiting to do everything. -- Winston Churchill
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We sit in calm, airy, silent rooms opening upon sunlit and embowered lawns, not a sound except of summer and of husbandry disturbs the peace; but seven million men, any ten thousand of whom could have annihilated the ancient armies, are in ceaseless battle from the Alps to the Ocean. -- Winston Churchill
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We are plunged in a long and grievous struggle. But all will come right if we all work together to the end. -- Winston Churchill
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Atlee is a very modest man. And with reason. -- Winston Churchill
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There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England. -- Winston Churchill
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Now that we are, as you say, 'in the same boat,' would it not be wise for us to have another conference ... and the sooner the better. -- Winston Churchill
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For the first time I heard shots fired in anger, heard bullets strike flesh or whistle through the air. -- Winston Churchill
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My hand seemed arrested by a silent veto. -- Winston Churchill
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Time passes swiftly, but is it not joyous to see how great and growing is the treasure we have gathered together, amid the storms and stresses of so many eventful and to millions tragic and terrible years? -- Winston Churchill
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The poor girl does not know how to have a conversation. Unfortunately, she does know how to speak. -- Winston Churchill
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No socialist government conducting the entire life and industry of the country could afford to allow free, sharp or violently worded expressions of public discontent. They would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo, no doubt very humanly directed in the first instance. -- Winston Churchill
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A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted. -- Winston Churchill
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I love learning, but hate being taught. -- Winston Churchill
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If you find something you really love, you will never work again. -- Winston Churchill
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A love of tradition has never weakened a nation ... -- Winston Churchill
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Next time I go into the action - I shall command a hundred men - & possibly I may bring off some coup. Besides I shall have some other motive for taking chances than merely "love of adventure". -- Winston Churchill
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You never can tell whether bad luck may not after all turn out to be good luck. -- Winston Churchill
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War, which used to be cruel and magnificent has now become cruel and squalid. -- Winston Churchill
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The women's suffrage movement is only the small edge of the wedge, if we allow women to vote it will mean the loss of social structure and the rise of every liberal cause under the sun. Women are well represented by their fathers, brothers, and husbands. -- Winston Churchill
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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 their fears. -- Winston Churchill
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Writing is an adventure. -- Winston Churchill
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The painter wanders and loiters contentedly from place to place, always on the lookout for some brilliant butterfly of a picture which can be caught and carried safely home. -- Winston Churchill
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The people of Asia were slaves, because they had not learned how to pronounce the word 'no'. -- Winston Churchill
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Thr truth is inconvertible.
Malice may attack it
and ignorance may deride it,
but in the end,
there it is ... -- Winston Churchill
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It is never possible to guarantee success, it is only possible to deserve it. -- Winston Churchill
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In Russia a man is called reactionary if he objects to having his property stolen and his wife and children murdered. -- Winston Churchill
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Expert knowledge is limited knowledge -- Winston Churchill
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Courage is the greatest virtue because it guarantees all the rest. -- Winston Churchill
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Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality. -- Winston Churchill
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Peace will not be preserved by pious sentiments. -- Winston Churchill
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The monarchy is so extraordinarily useful. When Britain wins a battle she shouts, "God save the Queen"; when she loses, she votes down the prime minister. -- Winston Churchill
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Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen. -- Winston Churchill
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Time and the Ocean and some guiding star and High Cabal have made us what we are. -- Winston Churchill
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If I had my way, I would write the word 'insure' over every door of every cottage and upon the blotting pad of every public man, because I am convinced that, for sacrifice that are conceivably small, families can be secured against catastrophes which otherwise would smash them forever. -- Winston Churchill
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I do not believe there is the slightest chance of war with Japan in our lifetime. The Japanese are our allies ... Japan is at the other end of the world. She cannot menace our vital security in any way ... War with Japan is not a possibility which any reasonable government need take into account. -- Winston Churchill
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Indeed I do not think we should be justified in using any but the more sombre tones and colours while our people, our Empire, and indeed the whole English-speaking world are passing through a dark and deadly valley. -- Winston Churchill
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The old wars were decided by their episodes rather than by their tendencies. In this war, the tendencies are far more important than the episodes. -- Winston Churchill
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At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity. -- Winston Churchill
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Unless we establish some form of world government, it will not be possible for us to avert a World War III in the future. -- Winston Churchill
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We must be very careful not to assign this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations -- Winston Churchill
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It was evident however that the lawyers would have to have their say ... This also opened up a vista both lengthy and obscure. -- Winston Churchill
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More than 80 per cent of the British casualties of the Great War were English. More than 80 per cent of the taxation is paid by the English taxpayers. We are entitled to mention these facts, and to draw authority and courage from them. -- Winston Churchill
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If I were the first of May, I should be ashamed of myself. -- Winston Churchill
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God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer. -- Winston Churchill
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Science unfolded her treasures and her secrets to the desperate demands of men, and placed in their hands agencies and apparatus almost decisive in their character. Reflecting on the outcome of World War I, and an ominous future. -- Winston Churchill
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Without ships, we cannot live. -- Winston Churchill
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If I was your wife Sir, I'd poison you! Madam, if you were my wife, I'd let you! -- Winston Churchill
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The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery. -- Winston Churchill
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If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire. -- Winston Churchill
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Without execution, thinking is mere idleness. -- Winston Churchill
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We have taken a grave and hazardous decision to sustain the Greeks and try to make a Balkan Front. -- Winston Churchill
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Playing golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture. -- Winston Churchill
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From now on we shall bomb Germany on an ever-increasing scale, month by month, year by year, until the Nazi regime has either been exterminated by us or - better still - torn to pieces by the German people themselves. -- Winston Churchill
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How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years. -- Winston Churchill
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Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another. -- Winston Churchill
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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. -- Winston Churchill
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Safety and certainty in oil lie in variety, and variety alone. -- Winston Churchill
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The lights of Saxon England were going out, and in the gathering darkness a gentle, grey-beard prophet foretold the end. When on his death-bed Edward spoke of a time of evil that was coming upon the land his inspired mutterings struck terror into the hearers. -- Winston Churchill
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The Fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists. -- Winston Churchill
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Painting is a companion with whom one may walk a great part of life's journey. -- Winston Churchill
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I cannot but think we have much to be thankful for, and more still to hope for in the future. -- Winston Churchill
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There is no greater mistake than to suppose that platitudes, smooth words, and timid policies offer a path to safety. -- Winston Churchill
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I built with my own hands ... a large swimming-pool which was filtered to limpidity and could be heated to supplement our fickle sunshine. -- Winston Churchill
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You have to run risks. There are no certainties in war. There is a precipice on either side of you - a precipice of caution and a precipice of over-daring. -- Winston Churchill
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Schools have not necessarily much to do with education ... they are mainly institutions of control where certain basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school. -- Winston Churchill
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The pictorial battlefield becomes a sea of mud mercifully veiled by the fog of war. -- Winston Churchill
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Success in life is the ability to move from one mistake to another without loosing enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill
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Singapore could only be taken after a siege by an army of at least 50,000 men. It is not considered possible that the Japanese would embark on such a mad enterprise. -- Winston Churchill
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Keep buggering on.... -- Winston Churchill
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I'm bored with it all. Before slipping into a coma. He died 9 days later. -- Winston Churchill
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Success and happiness spring from facing failure after failure with enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill
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Better to dare mighty things and fail than to live in a grey twilight where there is neither victory nor defeat. -- Winston Churchill
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An American diplomat is sometimes like a bull who carries his own china shop around with him. -- Winston Churchill
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Don't be content to be the chip off the old block - be the old block itself. -- Winston Churchill
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A communist is like a crocodile: when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up. -- Winston Churchill
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Failure should never go to heart and success should never go to head, both makes a person to fall in life. -- Winston Churchill
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The dictator, in all his pride, is held in the grip of his party machine. He can go forward; he cannot go back. He must blood his hounds and show them sport, or else, like Actaeon of old, be devoured by them. All-strong without, he is all-weak within. -- Winston Churchill
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The Turkish Government began and ruthlessly carried out the infamous massacre and deportation of Armenians in Asia Minor. The clearance of the race from Asia Minor was about as complete as such an act, on a scale so great, could well be. -- Winston Churchill
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No one ever finds life worth living - one has to make it worth living. -- Winston Churchill
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It is not open to the cool bystander ... to set himself up as an impartial judge of events which would never have occurred had he outstretched a helping hand in time. -- Winston Churchill
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Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even should they rarely stick to their plan. -- Winston Churchill
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In war, truth is often the first casualty. -- Winston Churchill
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All babies look like me.
But then, I look like all babies. -- Winston Churchill
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Mr. Gladstone read Homer for fun, which I thought served him right. -- Winston Churchill
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Just as the sentence contains one idea in all its fullness, so the paragraph should embrace a distinct episode; and as sentences should follow one another in harmonious sequence, so paragraphs must fit into another like the automatic couplings of railway carriages. -- Winston Churchill
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There are two kinds of success-initial and ultimate. -- Winston Churchill
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A heightened sense of the observation of nature is one of the chief delights that have come to me through trying to paint. -- Winston Churchill
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Apt analogies are among the most formidable weapons of the rhetorician. -- Winston Churchill
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The most formidable people in the world, and now the most dangerous, people who ... lay down the doctrine that every frontier must be the starting out point for invasion. -- Winston Churchill
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I could not help reflecting that the bullet which had struck the chestnut [horse] had certainly passed within a foot of my head. So at any rate I had been 'under fire.' That was something. -- Winston Churchill
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The eagle has ceased to scream, but the parrots will now begin to chatter. The war of the giants is over and the pigmies will now start to squabble. -- Winston Churchill
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When great causes are on the move in the world, stirring all men's souls, drawing them from their firesides, casting aside comfort, wealth and the pursuit of happiness in response to impulses at once awe-striking and irresistible, we learn that we are spirits, not animals. -- Winston Churchill
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When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits - not animals. -- Winston Churchill
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We see nothing but good and hope in a richer, freer, more contented European commonalty. But we have our own dreams and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not comprised. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed. -- Winston Churchill
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Democracy is a very bad form of government ... but all the others are so much worse. -- Winston Churchill
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It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion's heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. -- Winston Churchill
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A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind. -- Winston Churchill
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The cultivation of a hobby and new forms of interest is a policy of first importance to a public man. -- Winston Churchill
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It is no use doing what you like; you have got to like what you do. -- Winston Churchill
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Success is often nothing more than moving from one failure to another with undiminished enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill
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Painting a picture is like fighting a battle; and trying to paint a picture is, I suppose, like trying to fight a battle. It is, if anything, more exciting than fighting it successfully. But the principle is the same. -- Winston Churchill
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It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter -- Winston Churchill
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When I was younger I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast. -- Winston Churchill
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To try to be safe everywhere is to be strong nowhere. -- Winston Churchill
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A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced; the imagination is stirred, the wits become more nimble. -- Winston Churchill
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To be conservative at 20 is heartless and to be a liberal at 60 is plain idiocy. -- Winston Churchill
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Don't argue about the difficulties. The difficulties will argue for themselves. -- Winston Churchill
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In order to become a great man, one must first be a great rascal. -- Winston Churchill
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What kind of people do they [the Japanese] think we are? -- Winston Churchill
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I neither want it [brandy] nor need it, but I should think it pretty hazardous to interfere with the ineradicable habit of a lifetime. -- Winston Churchill
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I drink and smoke and I am two hundred percent fit. -- Winston Churchill
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We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. -- Winston Churchill
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Success is going from failure to failure with great enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill
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The first quality that is needed is audacity. -- Winston Churchill
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Golf. Trying to knock a tiny ball into an even smaller hole with implements ill suited to the purpose. -- Winston Churchill
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Now at last the slowly gathered, long-pent-up fury of the storm broke upon us. Four or five millions of men met each other in the first shock of the most merciless of all the wars of which record has been kept. -- Winston Churchill
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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. -- Winston Churchill
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Most of the world's work is done by people who don't feel very well. -- Winston Churchill
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Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech. -- Winston Churchill
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The Navy can lose us the war, but only the Air Force can win it. The fighters are our salvation, but the bombers alone provide the means of victory. -- Winston Churchill
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The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure. -- Winston Churchill
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To improve is to change. -- Winston Churchill
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It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses. -- Winston Churchill
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Before the war it had seemed incredible that such terrors and slaughters, even if they began, could last more than a few months. After the first two years it was difficult to believe that they would ever end. -- Winston Churchill
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What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth? -- Winston Churchill
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Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization. -- Winston Churchill
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Even the most eminent persons are subject to the laws of gravity. -- Winston Churchill
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The person must be blind, indeed, who can not see, that here on earth a great project, a great plan, is executed, may work on the realization of which we participate as faithful servants. -- Winston Churchill
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Twice in my lifetime the long arm of destiny has reached across the oceans and involved the entire life and manhood of the United States in a deadly struggle.There was no use in saying We don't want it; we won -- Winston Churchill
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Nothing is won without enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill
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Lots of folks are forced to skimp to support a government that won't. -- Winston Churchill
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Dead birds don't fall out of their nests. -- Winston Churchill
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One must regard the hyphen as a blemish to be avoided wherever possible. -- Winston Churchill
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One might as well legalise sodomy as recognise the Bolsheviks. -- Winston Churchill
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It is with deep grief I watch the clattering down of the British Empire with all its glories and all the services it has rendered to mankind. -- Winston Churchill
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I feel like an aeroplane at the end of its flight, in the dusk, with the petrol running out, in search of a safe landing. -- Winston Churchill
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I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk. -- Winston Churchill
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Nothing should be done for spite's sake. -- Winston Churchill
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To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real. -- Winston Churchill
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There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. -- Winston Churchill
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My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop. -- Winston Churchill
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Our inheritance of well-founded, slowly conceived codes of honor, morals and manners, the passionate convictions which so many hundreds of millions share together of the principles of freedom and justice, are far more precious to us than anything which scientific discoveries could bestow. -- Winston Churchill
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Criticism is easy; achievement is difficult. -- Winston Churchill
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I am writing in one of the Keepers' Lodges to wh I have returned after stalking & where I am waiting for the Prince of Wales. Quite the best day's sport I have had in this country - 4 good stags & home early! -- Winston Churchill
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[There are dangers in] the disposition to hunt down rich men as if they were noxious beasts. -- Winston Churchill
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From what we get in life, we make a living. From what we give, we make a life. -- Winston Churchill
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Painting a picture is like trying to fight a battle. -- Winston Churchill
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I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies. -- Winston Churchill
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My hope is that the generous instincts of unity will not depart from us ... [so that we] become the prey of the little folk who exist in every country and who frolic alongside the Juggernaut car of war to see what fun or notoriety they can extract from the proceedings. -- Winston Churchill
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Any clever person can make plans for winning a war if he has no responsibility for carrying them out. -- Winston Churchill
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Here is a law which is above the King and which even he must not break. This reaffirmation of a supreme law and its expression in a general charter is the great work of Magna Carta; and this alone justifies the respect in which men have held it -- Winston Churchill
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Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. -- Winston Churchill
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Watch your habits, they determine your character. -- Winston Churchill
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An efficient and a successful administration manifests itself equally in small as in great matters. -- Winston Churchill
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America, can always be counted upon to do the right thing in the end, having first exhausted the available alternatives. -- Winston Churchill
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Victory is the beautiful, bright-colored flower. Transport is the stem without which it could never have blossomed. -- Winston Churchill
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When you leave off dreaming, the universe ceases to exist. -- Winston Churchill
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Do not trust any statistics you did not fake yourself. -- Winston Churchill
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I never slept as soundly as the night following Pearl Harbor. For I knew that The American Race would now be entering the war and it would never be the same. -- Winston Churchill
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Vast and fearsome as the human scene has become, personal contact of the right people, in the right places, at the right time, may yet have a potent and valuable part to play in the cause of peace which is in our hearts. -- Winston Churchill
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If you want me to speak for two minutes, it will take me three weeks of preparation. If you want me to speak for thirty minutes, it will take me a week to prepare. If you want me to speak for an hour, I am ready now. -- Winston Churchill
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The high roads of the future will be clear, not only for us but for all, not only for our time but for a century to come. -- Winston Churchill
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The test of real character is what a man does when he is tired. -- Winston Churchill
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Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime ministers have never yet been invested. -- Winston Churchill
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Manifest destiny was on the march, and it was unfortunate that Mexico stood in the path. -- Winston Churchill
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We should lay aside every hindrance and endeavour by uniting the whole force and spirit of our people to raise again a great British nation standing up before all the world; for such a nation, rising in its ancient vigour, can even at this hour save civilization. -- Winston Churchill
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It is not given to us to peer into the mysteries of the future. Still, I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American peoples will for their own safety and for the good of all walk together side by side in majesty, in justice, and in peace. -- Winston Churchill
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No matter. The dead bird does not leave the nest. -- Winston Churchill
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Preparation is - if not the key to genius - then at least the key to sounding like a genius. -- Winston Churchill
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The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it. -- Winston Churchill
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The United States abd usually be reiled on to do the right thing, but only after they have tried all the other alternatives. -- Winston Churchill
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I am all for your using machines, but do not let them use you. -- Winston Churchill
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I think it would be so much better for me to learn something which would be useful to me in the army, as well as affording me exercise and amusement. -- Winston Churchill
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We hope to see a Europe where men of every country will think of being a European as of belonging to their native land, and...wherever they go in this wide domain...will truly feel, 'Here I am at home. -- Winston Churchill
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In handing over the Government of India to these so-called political classes, we are handing over to men of straw, of whom, in a few years, no trace will remain. -- Winston Churchill
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Victory is only wrested by running risks. -- Winston Churchill
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Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church would suit me better. -- Winston Churchill
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Socialism is an attack on the right to breathe freely. No socialist system can be established without a political police. -- Winston Churchill
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The rhinoceros stood ... about five hundred yards away ... not a twentieth-century animal at all, but an odd, grim straggler from the Stone Age. -- Winston Churchill
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It is impossible to obtain a conviction for sodomy from an English jury. Half of them don't believe that it can physically be done, and the other half are doing it. -- Winston Churchill
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Victory will never be found by taking the path of least resistance. -- Winston Churchill
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It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. -- Winston Churchill
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Americans are a wonderful people: They will always do the right thing
after exhausting every other possible alternative. -- Winston Churchill
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They have done what they like. Their difficulty is to like what they have done. -- Winston Churchill
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In battles two things are usually required of the Commander-in-Chief: to make a good plan for his army and, secondly, to keep a strong reserve. -- Winston Churchill
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When I find a ladybug I ask the butler to take it outside instead of killing it. -- Winston Churchill
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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. -- Winston Churchill
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It helps to write down half a dozen things which are worrying me. Two of them, say, disappear; about two of them nothing can be done, so it's no use worrying; and two perhaps can be settled. -- Winston Churchill
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What is our policy? ... to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. -- Winston Churchill
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Solitary Trees if they grow at all, grow strong. -- Winston Churchill
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Mr. Churchill your drunk!"
Mr. Churchill: "And you, Lady Astor, are ugly. As for my condition, it will pass by the morning. You, however, will still be ugly. -- Winston Churchill
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Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. -- Winston Churchill
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One of the most important signs of the existence of a democracy is that when there is a knock at the door at 5 in the morning, one is completely certain that it is the milkman. -- Winston Churchill
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Most people hate the taste of beer - to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice that many people have been able to overcome. -- Winston Churchill
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You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves. -- Winston Churchill
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There is not one single social or economic principle or concept in the philosophy of the Russian Bolshevik which has not been realized, carried into action, and enshrined in immutable laws a million years ago by the white ant. -- Winston Churchill
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They had bombed London, whether on purpose or not, and the British people and London especially should know that we could hit back. It would be good for the morale of us all. -- Winston Churchill
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I did not like the man [Niels Bohr] when you showed him to me, with his hair all overhis head ... -- Winston Churchill
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Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, 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. -- Winston Churchill
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Logic is a poor guide compared with custom. -- Winston Churchill
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Democracy is an awful way to run a country, but it's the best system we have. -- Winston Churchill
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Democracy is the best form of the worst type of government -- Winston Churchill
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If you want a good argument against democracy, spend five minutes with a voter. -- Winston Churchill
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Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman. -- Winston Churchill
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Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but heroes fight like Greeks. -- Winston Churchill
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It is no use dealing with illusions and make-believes. We must look at the facts. The world ... is too dangerous for anyone to be able to afford to nurse illusions. We must look at realities. -- Winston Churchill
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Already by 1900 I could boast I had written as many books as Moses. -- Winston Churchill
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Please put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler) -- Winston Churchill
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Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. -- Winston Churchill
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I'd rather spend half an hour in the company of a top carpenter, than three hours in the company of an average brain surgeon -- Winston Churchill
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There is no doubt the charge was an awful gamble and that no normal precautions were possible. The issue as far as I was concerned had to be left to Fortune or to God - or to whatever may decide these things. I am content and shall not complain. -- Winston Churchill
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The latest refinements of science are linked with the cruelties of the Stone Age. -- Winston Churchill
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It may well be that we shall by a process of sublime irony have reached a state in this story where safety will be the sturdy child of terror, and survival the twin brother of annihilation. -- Winston Churchill
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Two nations divided by a common language. -- Winston Churchill
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To sit at one's table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a Squeezer pen - that is true happiness. -- Winston Churchill
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Air superiority is the ultimate expression of military power. -- Winston Churchill
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Unteachable from infancy to tomb - There is the first and main characteristic of mankind. -- Winston Churchill
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Civilisation will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe. -- Winston Churchill
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Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities. -- Winston Churchill
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Do not turn the superior eye of critical passivity upon these efforts ... We must not be ambitious. We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paint-box. -- Winston Churchill
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The outisde of a horse is good for the inside of a man. -- Winston Churchill
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If you put two economists xin a room, you get two opinions, unless one of them is Lord Keynes, in which case you get three opinions. -- Winston Churchill
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The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman. -- Winston Churchill
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Before America entered the war [WW2] I knew we could not win it, but after she entered I knew we could not lose -- Winston Churchill
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When danger is far off we may think of our weakness; when it is near we must not forget our strength. -- Winston Churchill
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It was at "Little Lodge" I was first menaced with Education. The approach of a sinister figure described as 'the Governess' was announced. -- Winston Churchill
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I myself find waiting more tiring than action. -- Winston Churchill
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Don't mind the five or more million Germans. Stalin will see to them they will cease to exist. -- Winston Churchill
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I was born under the Blue Ridge, and under that side which is blue in the evening light, in a wild land of game and forest and rushing waters. -- Winston Churchill
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The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire. -- Winston Churchill
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In war, the truth must be guarded by a body guard of lies. -- Winston Churchill
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A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow. -- Winston Churchill
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Air power is the most difficult of military force to measure or even express in precise terms. -- Winston Churchill
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The world, nature, human beings, do not move like machines. The edges are never clear-cut, but always frayed. Nature never draws a line without smudging it. -- Winston Churchill
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It saves a lot of trouble if, instead of having to earn money and save it, you can just go and borrow it. -- Winston Churchill
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Working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation. -- Winston Churchill
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The English are loth to express their feelings, but in my stall in the choir I could feel the pent-up, passionate emotion, and also the fear of the congregation, not of death or wounds or material loss, but of defeat and the final ruin of Britain. -- Winston Churchill
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The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read. -- Winston Churchill
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You do your worst, and we'll do our best. -- Winston Churchill
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Canada is the linchpin of the English-speakin g world -- Winston Churchill
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The opposition occupies the benches in front of you, but the enemy sits behind you -- Winston Churchill
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And you, madam, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning. -- Winston Churchill
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Writing a book is an adventure. -- Winston Churchill
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If you mean to profit, learn to please. -- Winston Churchill
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There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people. -- Winston Churchill
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Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent. -- Winston Churchill
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Patience is sorrow's salve. -- Winston Churchill
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Our free trade plan is quite simple. We say that every [citizen] shall have the right to buy whatever he wants, wherever he wants, at his own good pleasure, without restriction or discouragement from the state. -- Winston Churchill
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If a woman has "It," she doesn't need anything else; but if she doesn't have "It," it doesn't matter what else she has. -- Winston Churchill
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The Aryan stock is bound to triumph. -- Winston Churchill
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Nothing can save England if she will not save herself. If we lose faith in ourselves, in our capacity to guide and govern, if we lose our will to live, then indeed our story is told. -- Winston Churchill
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Science has given to this generation the means of unlimited disaster or of unlimited progress. There will remain the greater task of directing knowledge lastingly towards the purpose of peace and human good. -- Winston Churchill
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My mother always seemed to me like a fairy princess: a radiant being possessed of limitless riches and power. She shone for me like the evening star. I loved her dearly. -- Winston Churchill
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I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks. -- Winston Churchill
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The privilege of a university education is a great one; the more widely it is extended the better for any country. -- Winston Churchill
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It is a curious fact about British Islanders, who hate drill and have not been invaded for nearly a thousand years, that as danger comes nearer and grows they become progressively less nervous; when it is imminent the are fierce, when it is mortal they are fearless. -- Winston Churchill
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You ask what the aim is? I tell you it is victory - total victory. -- Winston Churchill
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If we look to our responsibility to the generations yet unborn who will come after us, how can we fail to recognize that peace and freedom are inextricably bound up one with another and that the threat to one is a threat to both -- Winston Churchill
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We shall fight in parking lots, we shall fight in empty fields and on wide streets, we shall never surrender. -- Winston Churchill
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The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. -- Winston Churchill
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The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one to bear with the stupidity of the ignorant. -- Winston Churchill
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There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of the Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistical Jews -- Winston Churchill
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Make sure that the beer - four pints a week - goes to the troops under fire before any of the parties in the rear get a drop. -- Winston Churchill
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We have no lasting friends, no lasting enemies, only lasting interests. -- Winston Churchill
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In my experience of large enterprises, I have found it is often a mistake to try to settle everything at once. -- Winston Churchill
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A gentleman is a man who is only rude when he intends to be. -- Winston Churchill
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You must be prepared for further efforts of mind and body and further sacrifices to great causes, if you are not to fall back into the rut if inertia, the confusion of aim and the craven fear of being great. -- Winston Churchill
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I am a man of simple tastes-I am quite easily satisfied with the best of everything. -- Winston Churchill
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Russian may seem narrow-minded, impudent, or even stupid people, but can only pray for those who are against them. -- Winston Churchill
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There are no people in the world who are so slow to develop hostile feelings against a foreign country as the Americans, and no people who, once estranged, are more difficult to win back. -- Winston Churchill
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I have watched this famous island descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which lead to a dark gulf. -- Winston Churchill
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Nothing will bring American sympathy along with us so much as American blood shed in the field. -- Winston Churchill
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Haven't you learned yet that I put something more than whisky into my speeches. -- Winston Churchill
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Here life itself, life at its best and healthiest, awaits the caprice of the bullet. Let us see the development of the day. All else may stand over, perhaps for ever. Existence is never so sweet as when it is at hazard. -- Winston Churchill
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All the great things are simple. -- Winston Churchill
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And what a plan! This vast operation is undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever occurred. -- Winston Churchill
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We must not lose our faculty to dare, particularly in dark days. -- Winston Churchill
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The stations of uncensored expression are closing down; the lights are going out; but there is still time for those to whom freedom and parliamentary government mean something, to consult together. Let me, then, speak in truth and earnestness while time remains. -- Winston Churchill
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Fancy living in one of these streets, never seeing anything beautiful, never eating anything savoury, never saying anything clever! -- Winston Churchill
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I am not invested with dictatorial powers. If I were, I should be quite ready to dictate. -- Winston Churchill
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It always looks so easy to solve problems by taking the line of least resistance. -- Winston Churchill
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The 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 it exceptions. -- Winston Churchill
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Air power may either end war or end civilization. -- Winston Churchill
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If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea. -- Winston Churchill
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You don't make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. -- Winston Churchill
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The soul of freedom is deathless; it cannot, and will not perish. -- Winston Churchill
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[Magna Carta provided] a system of checks and balances which would accord the monarchy its necessary strength, but would prevent its perversion by a tyrant or a fool. -- Winston Churchill
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Remember the story of the Spanish prisoner. For many years he was confined in a dungeon ... One day it occurred to him to push the door of his cell. It was open; and it had never been locked. -- Winston Churchill
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With opportunity comes responsibility. -- Winston Churchill
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These are great days. -- Winston Churchill
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I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race. -- Winston Churchill
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No one should waste a day.