Winston Churchill Quotes

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

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened

When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.

Building slow destroyers! One might as well breed slow race horses.

Don’t give your son money. As far as you can afford it, give him horses.

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.

No one ever came to griefexcept honourable griefthrough riding horses. No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle. Young men have often been ruined through owning horses, or through backing horses, but never through riding them; unless of course they break their necks, which, taken at a gallop, is a very good death to die.

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

There is nothing government can give you that it hasn’t taken from you in the first place.

Your greatest fears are created by your imagination. Don’t give in to them.

I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar.

Give me the facts, and I will twist them the way I want, to suit my argument.

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?

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

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?

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.

I am a sporting man. I always like to give trains and aero planes a fair chance of getting away.

You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth.

Nations which go down fighting rise again, and those that surrender tamely are finished.

My eemotions are unbridled. A wildness. In the blood. I share with my father. And my mother also. We lack the gift of temperance.

There is no doubt that if we falter at all in the leading of the nation we should all be hurled out of office.

What are you all staring at? Have you never seen, uh, the prime minister ride the Underground before?

We have taken a grave and hazardous decision to sustain the Greeks and try to make a Balkan Front.

Have not Mamet and Monet, Cézanne and Matisse, rendered to painting something of the same service which Keats and Shelley gave to poetry after the solemn and ceremonious literary perfections of the eighteenth century? They have brought back to the pictorial art a new draught of joie de vivre; and the beauty of their work is instinct with gaiety, and floats in sparkling air. I do not expect these masters would particularly appreciate my defence, but I must avow an increasing attraction to their work.

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

Art is to beauty what honor is to honesty.

The arts are essen­tial to any com­plete national life. The State owes it to itself to sus­tain and encour­age them…. Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the rev­er­ence and delight which are their due.

I do not resent criticism, even when for the sake of emphasis; it parts for the time with reality.

Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting.