Best Winston Churchill Quotes To Live By

Best Winston Churchill Quotes To Live By

Here we’ve compiled a list of 200 best inspirational quotes and sayings about success, leadership, freedom, change, nation, and war by Winston Churchill.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was the dominant British statesman, a Sandhurst-educated soldier, a prolific painter, and a Nobel Prize-winning writer.

After a short career in the army, he became a Conservative Member of Parliament in 1900. From 1940 to 1945, during World War II, he served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and again from 1951 to 1955.

His efforts and wise leadership led the nation from the verge of defeat to victory and made him one of the most well-known British leaders. He boosts the nation’s zeal with effective words, and his wise services during the war were tremendous for the British people.

Famous Sir Winston Churchill Quotes

So, let’s check out these famous 200 Winston Churchill quotes that you’ll definitely love to read. These will all allow you to understand his personality and perspective more deeply.

  1. “Perfectionism spells paralysis.” — Winston Churchill
  2. “The price of greatness is responsibility.” — Winston Churchill
  3. “One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.” — Winston Churchill
  4. “Democracy is the best form of the worst type of government.” — Winston Churchill
  5. “The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself.” — Winston Churchill
  6. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
  7. “I never worry about action, but only about inaction.” — Winston Churchill
  8. “A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.” — Winston Churchill
  9. “Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but heroes fight like Greeks.” — Winston Churchill
  10. “I love learning, but hate being taught.” — Winston Churchill
  11. “Do not trust any statistics you did not fake yourself.” — Winston Churchill
  12. “My education was interrupted only by my schooling.” — Winston Churchill
  13. “Don’t interrupt me while I’m interrupting.” — Winston Churchill
  14.  “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” — Winston Churchill
  15. “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.” — Winston Churchill
  16. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” — Winston Churchill
  17. “One cannot leap a chasm in two jumps.” — Winston Churchill
  18. “A joke is a very serious thing.” — Winston Churchill
  19. “Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.” — Winston Churchill
  20. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” — Winston Churchill
  21. “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have War.” — Winston Churchill
  22. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” — Winston Churchill
  23. “We shape our buildings; after that, they shape us.” — Winston Churchill
  24. “We are still mastering of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.” — Winston Churchill
  25. “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” — Winston Churchill
  26. “Good and great are seldom in the same man.” — Winston Churchill
  27. “I’m too busy. I have no time for worry.” — Winston Churchill
  28. “Rules were made for fools to follow and wise men to be guided by.” — Winston Churchill
  29. “A small lie needs a bodyguard of bigger lies to protect it.” — Winston Churchill
  30. “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” — Winston Churchill

 Winston Churchill Success Quotes

  1. “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
  2. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
  3. “You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.” — Winston Churchill
  4. “No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong.” — Winston Churchill
  5. “In Success you deserve it, and in defeat, you need it.” — Winston Churchill
  6. “An efficient and a successful administration manifests itself equally in small as in great matters.” — Winston Churchill
  7. “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill
  8. “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” — Winston Churchill
  9. “Meet success like a gentleman; disaster like a man.” — Winston Churchill
  10. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” — Winston Churchill
  11. “Great success always comes at the risk of enormous failure.” — Winston Churchill
  12. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill
  13. “Success always demands a greater effort.” — Winston Churchill
  14. “If you want to discover new oceans, you must first have the courage to leave shore.” — Winston Churchill
  15. “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” — Winston Churchill
  16. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” Winston Churchill
  17. “Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut.” — Winston Churchill
  18. “Success is the ability to continue to move through total disaster.” — Winston Churchill
  19. “Plans are worthless. Planning is priceless.” — Winston Churchill
  20. “All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” — Winston Churchill
  21. “It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” — Winston Churchill
  22. “Failure should never go to heart and success should never go to head; both makes a person to fall in life.” — Winston Churchill
  23. “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” — Winston Churchill

 Winston Churchill Inspirational Quotes

  1. “Keep calm and carry on.” — Winston Churchill
  2. “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.” — Winston Churchill
  3. “The difference between mere management and leadership is communication.” — Winston Churchill
  4. “Achievement is not last; disappointment is not deadly: It is the mettle to proceed with those matters.” — Winston Churchill
  5. “I am all for your using machines, but do not let them use you.” — Winston Churchill
  6. “You can measure a man’s character by the choices he makes under pressure.” — Winston Churchill
  7. “I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen, I like to make them happen.” — Winston Churchill
  8. “The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman.” — Winston Churchill
  9. “When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.” — Winston Churchill
  10. “The most important thing about education is appetite.” — Winston Churchill
  11. “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” — Winston Churchill
  12. “If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” — Winston Churchill
  13. “We have no lasting friends, no lasting enemies, only lasting interests.” — Winston Churchill
  14. “I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself.” — Winston Churchill
  15. “You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.” — Winston Churchill
  16. “Mountaintops inspire leaders, but valleys mature them.” — Winston Churchill
  17. “Most of the world’s work is done by people who don’t feel very well.” — Winston Churchill
  18. “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.” — Winston Churchill
  19.  “There are plenty of good ideas if only they can be backed with the power of action.” — Winston Churchill
  20. “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” — Winston Churchill
  21. “Never, never, never give in!” — Winston Churchill
  22. “Every day, you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet, there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” — Winston Churchill
  23. “All the great things are simple.” — Winston Churchill
  24. “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” — Winston Churchill
  25. “When you’re 20, you care what everyone thinks; when you’re 40, you stop caring what everyone thinks; when you’re 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” — Winston Churchill
  26.  “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.” — Winston Churchill
  27. “You create your own universe as you go along.” — Winston Churchill
  28. “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” — Winston Churchill
  29. “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” — Winston Churchill
  30. “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. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” — Winston Churchill
  31. “From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” — Winston Churchill
  32. “I no longer listen to what people say; I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.” — Winston Churchill
  33. “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.” — Winston Churchill
  34. “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” — Winston Churchill
  35. “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” — Winston Churchill
  36. “The Fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists.” — Winston Churchill
  37. “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” — Winston Churchill
  38. “Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even should they rarely stick to their plan.” — Winston Churchill
  39. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” — Winston Churchill
  40. “It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.” — Winston Churchill
  41. “Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” — Winston Churchill
  42. “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” — Winston Churchill
  43. “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” — Winston Churchill
  44. “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.” — Winston Churchill
  45. “Preparation is – if not the key to genius – then at least the key to sounding like a genius.” — Winston Churchill
  46.  “The true guide of life is to do what is right.” — Winston Churchill
  47. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” — Winston Churchill
  48. “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.” — Winston Churchill
  49. “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” — Winston Churchill
  50. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  51. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill
  52. “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” — Winston Churchill
  53. “Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.” — Winston Churchill
  54. “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” — Winston Churchill
  55. “Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.” — Winston Churchill
  56. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” — Winston Churchill
  57. “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” — Winston Churchill
  58. “If you don’t have any enemies in life, you have never stood up for anything.” — Winston Churchill
  59. “The first duty of a university is to teach wisdom, not trade; character, not technicalities.” — Winston Churchill
  60. “I’d rather argue against a hundred idiots than have one agree with me.” — Winston Churchill
  61. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” — Winston Churchill
  62. “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” — Winston Churchill
  63. “Never flinch, never weary, never despair.” — Winston Churchill
  64. “Danger gathers upon our path. We cannot afford – we have no right – to look back. We must look forward.” Winston Churchill
  65. “Where my reason, imagination or interest were not engaged, I would not, or I could not learn.” — Winston Churchill
  66. “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.” — Winston Churchill
  67. “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” — Winston Churchill
  68. “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” — Winston Churchill
  69. “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.” — Winston Churchill
  70.  “Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another.” — Winston Churchill
  71. “Victory is the beautiful, bright-colored flower. Transport is the stem without which it could never have blossomed.” — Winston Churchill
  72. “Your greatest fears are created by your imagination. Don’t give in to them.” — Winston Churchill
  73. “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
  74. “Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it all others depend.” — Winston Churchill
  75. “A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” — Winston Churchill
  76. “If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary.” — Winston Churchill
  77. “This paper, by its very length, defends itself from ever being read.” — Winston Churchill
  78. “The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope.” — Winston Churchill
  79. “You create your own universe as you go along. The stronger your imagination, the more variegated your universe. When you leave off dreaming, the universe ceases to exist.” — Winston Churchill
  80. “I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar.” — Winston Churchill
  81. “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
  82. “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 seriously distress her. She was meant to be wooed and won by youth.” — Winston Churchill
  83. “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.” — Winston Churchill
  84. “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” — Winston Churchill
  85. “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
  86. “You must look at facts because they look at you.” — Winston Churchill
  87. “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” — Winston Churchill
  88. “Life is a test and this world a place of trial.” — Winston Churchill
  89. “With integrity, nothing else counts. Without integrity, nothing else counts.”— Winston Churchill
  90. “It is wonderful how well men can keep secrets they have not been told.” — Winston Churchill
  91. “The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.” — Winston Churchill
  92. “Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.” — Winston Churchill
  93. “No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” — Winston Churchill
  94.  “Science should be on tap, not on top.” — Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill Freedom, Change, Nation, And War Quotes

  1. “To improve is to change.” — Winston Churchill
  2. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” — Winston Churchill
  3. “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” — Winston Churchill
  4. “We shall never surrender.” — Winston Churchill
  5. “For the first 25 years of my life, I wanted freedom. For the next 25 years, I wanted order. For the next 25 years, I realized that order is freedom.” — Winston Churchill
  6. “There is at least one thing worse than fighting with allies – And that is to fight without them.” — Winston Churchill
  7. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” — Winston Churchill
  8. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” — Winston Churchill
  9. “A nation which has forgotten its past can have no future.” — Winston Churchill
  10. “If you don’t take change by the hand, it will take you by the throat.” — Winston Churchill
  11. “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” — Winston Churchill
  12. “In War: Resolution, In Defeat: Defiance, In Victory: Magnanimity in Peace: Good Will.” — Winston Churchill
  13. “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” — Winston Churchill
  14. “The unforgivable sin of Hitler’s Germany was to develop a new economic system by which the international bankers were deprived of their profits.” — Winston Churchill
  15. “A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.” — Winston Churchill
  16. “The oldest habit in the world for resisting change is to complain that unless the remedy to the disease should be universally applied, it should not be applied at all. But you must start somewhere.” — Winston Churchill
  17. “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” — Winston Churchill
  18. “A love for tradition has never weakened a nation; indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.” — Winston Churchill
  19. “The gift of a common tongue is a priceless inheritance, and it may well someday become the foundation of a common citizenship.” — Winston Churchill
  20. “Without victory, there is no survival!” — Winston Churchill
  21. “The cemetery is full of indispensable people.” — Winston Churchill
  22. “Our future is in our hands. Our lives are what we choose to make them.” — Winston Churchill
  23. “If we are together, nothing is impossible. If we are divided, all will fail.” — Winston Churchill
  24. “We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end.” — Winston Churchill
  25. “I do not apologize for the takeover of the region by the Jews from the Palestinians; in the same way, I don’t apologize for the takeover of America by the whites from the Red Indians or the takeover of Australia from the blacks. It is natural for a superior race to dominate an inferior one.” — Winston Churchill
  26. “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
  27. “We shall fight in parking lots, we shall fight in empty fields and on wide streets, we shall never surrender.” — Winston Churchill
  28. “It’s Never Over ‘till it’s over! Never Give Up! Never.” — Winston Churchill
  29. “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
  30. “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” — Winston Churchill
  31. “At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.” — Winston Churchill
  32. “There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hope soon to be swept away.” — Winston Churchill
  33. “The United Nations was set up not to get us to heaven, but only to save us from hell.” — Winston Churchill
  34. “Sure, I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves and to save all those who rely upon you. You have only to go right on, and at the end of the road, be it short or long, victory and honor will be found.” — Winston Churchill
  35. “There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction.” — Winston Churchill
  36. “We are shaping the world faster than we can change ourselves, and we are applying to the present the habits of the past.” — Winston Churchill
  37. “Victory is not final. Defeat is not failure. It’s all about courage.” — Winston Churchill
  38. “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
  39. “Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.” — Winston Churchill
  40. . “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” — Winston Churchill
  41. “Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.” — Winston Churchill
  42. “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
  43.  “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” — Winston Churchill
  44. 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
  45. “The reservist is twice the citizen.” — Winston Churchill
  46.  “There is only one answer to defeat, and that is victory.” — Winston Churchill
  47.  “If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.” — Winston Churchill
  48.  “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” — Winston Churchill
  49. “Old men make war; young men fight and die.” — Winston Churchill
  50.  “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
  51. “If you destroy a free market, you create a black market.” — Winston Churchill
  52. “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
  53. “I propose that 100,000 degenerate Britons should be forcibly sterilized and others put in labor camps to halt the decline of the British race.” — Winston Churchill
  54. “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.” — Winston Churchill
  55. “There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.” — Winston Churchill
  56. “For myself, I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” — Winston Churchill
  57. “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.” — Winston Churchill
  58. “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


What was Winston Churchill’s most famous quote?

After becoming British President, the second speech of Churchill was considered his most historic words that showed pure national pride.  The most famous phrase of that speech was:

“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.”

What did the Queen think of Churchill?

Sir Winston was the first leader Queen Elizabeth II worked with when she ascended the throne in 1952. According to some references, the queen was extremely sad about the retirement of Churchill.

She wrote him a letter and talk about how much she would miss him. Also, she mentioned that “ever for me be able to hold the place of my first prime minister, to whom both my husband and I owe so much and for whose wise guidance during the early years of my reign I shall always be so profoundly grateful.”

What did Winston Churchill say about free speech?

In one of his speeches, Winston Churchill highlighted the equal right of free speech for every person. Also, he wanted every person to accept it for all. The Churchill’s most prominent lines about it were:

“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”

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