IdleHearts / Winston Churchill
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
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.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.
My tastes are simple: Iam easily satisfied with the best.
You’ve got enemies? Good. That means you actually stood up for something in your life.
We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.
A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.
A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Baldwin thought Europe was a bore, and Chamberlain thought it was only a greater Birmingham.
Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.