Winston Churchill Quotes

A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.”

A communist is like a crocodile: when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up.

Hasty work and premature decisions may lead to penalties out of all proportion to the issues immediately involved.

Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.

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

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hope soon to be swept away.

The United States stands at the pinnacle of world power. This is a solemn moment for the American democracy. For with primacy in power is joined an aweinspiring accountability for the future.

Democracy is the best form of the worst type of government

I began my education at a very early age; in fact, right after I left college.

At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paperno amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of the point.

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

Unteachable from infancy to tomb There is the first and main characteristic of mankind.

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

The privilege of a university education is a great one; the more widely it is extended the better for any country.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Certainly the prolonged education indispensable to the progress of society is not natural to mankind.

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

Give us the tools, and we will finish the job

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.