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Winston Churchill



    I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.

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    A joke is a very serious thing.

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    Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

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    I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

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    Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

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

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    Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.

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    Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

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    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

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

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

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

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

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

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    I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

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

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    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

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    If you are going through hell, keep going.

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    A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life

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    In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

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    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

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    Death came very easily to her. She had lived such an innocent and loving life of service to others and held such a simple faith, that she had no fears at all and did not seem to mind very much.

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

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    The poor girl does not know how to have a conversation. Unfortunately, she does know how to speak.

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    The Almighty in His infinite wisdom did not see fit to create Frenchmen in the image of Englishmen.

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

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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.

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    To meet Roosevelt with all his buoyant sparkle, his iridescence, was like opening a bottle of champagne.

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    Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I'd poison your tea.Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband, I'd drink it.

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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.

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    Half my lifetime I have earned my living by selling words, and I hope thoughts

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    with her factories equipped to the very latest point of science by British and American money.

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    The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.

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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 even s

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

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    They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.

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    Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.

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    The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

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    Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime Ministers have never yet been invested

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    Don't be careless about yourselves--on the other hand not too careful. Live well but do not flaunt it. Laugh a little and teach your men to laugh--get good humor under fire--war is a game that's played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.

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    We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

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    My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked

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    Success is going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm.

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    (Prime Minister Joseph) Chamberlain loves the working man - he loves to see him work

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    There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained

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    We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges

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    So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful for impotence.

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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.

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    Their insatiable lust for power is only equaled by their incurable impotence in exercising it.

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