55 Greatest Winston Churchill Quotes

Let’s celebrate the great Winston Churchill’s birthday with these Winston Churchill quotes.

Born in November 1874 and died in January 1965 from a stroke, this British statesman has left an indelible imprint on world affairs as an author, politican, and leader. After all, it was the British Commonwealth and Empire with Churchill at the helm who stood almost alone against Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Later, he condemned the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain and promoted unity amongst European countries.

Churchill’s fierce determination and perseverance in the face of obstacles and difficulties can be seen in his quotes and anecdotes. Learn more about the man from these Winston Churchill quotes.

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others. – Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

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The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see. – Winston Churchill

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. – Winston Churchill

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

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Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. – Winston Churchill

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

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

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

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. – Winston Churchill

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Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. – Winston Churchill

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

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

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War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can. – Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill

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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

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

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I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. – Winston Churchill

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

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. – Winston Churchill

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It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive. – Winston Churchill

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

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it. – Winston Churchill

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I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. – Winston Churchill

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

The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Churchill

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The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult. – Winston Churchill

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

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. – Winston Churchill

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

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. – Winston Churchill

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Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. – Winston Churchill

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. – Winston Churchill

I like a man who grins when he fights. – Winston Churchill

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Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. – Winston Churchill

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. – Winston Churchill

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

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

We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect. – Winston Churchill

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. – Winston Churchill

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Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. – Winston Churchill

History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game. – 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

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business. – Winston Churchill

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. – Winston Churchill

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

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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All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. – Winston Churchill

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on. – Winston Churchill

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Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. – Winston Churchill

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

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong. – Winston Churchill

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No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections. – Winston Churchill

In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times. – Winston Churchill

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

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