Winston Churchill – Quotes

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. To do that is to double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”

“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.”

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

“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best’. One must succeed in doing what is necessary.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“I like a man who grins when he fights.”

And, finally,

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”

3 Responses to “Winston Churchill – Quotes”

  1. ilfiore66 Says:

    “I like a man who grins when he fights” me too, it upsets the turkeys!

  2. Churchill gave good quote. However these ones don’t get as widely aired as perhaps they should…

    “I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes.”

    “It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half naked up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is still organising and conducting a campaign of civil disobedience, to parlay on equal terms with the representative of the Emperor-King.”

    “I do not admit… that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia… by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race… has come in and taken its place.”

    “One may dislike Hitler’s system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as admirable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.”

    “This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States)… this worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.”

  3. Hi Dave,

    You comments are always appreciated. However, it is important to note the following contextual particulars:
    1. The ‘uncivilised tribes’ referred to the Germans. Given the conduct of the Third Reich, uncivilised is an understatement.
    2. Churchill was a staunch, vigorous opponent of Hitler from the moment he emerged – the only one, in fact, for quite some time. It is true, however, that Hitler did haul Germany out of the trough it was in after WW1. Churchill’s admiration related to that.
    3. Gandhi was an opponent of British colonialism, of which Churchill was an agent. What do you expect?
    4. I don’t know the context for the comments about Indians, aborigines and Jews. However, when you throw them in along with the first one about gas and ‘uncivilised tribes’, it creates a certain impression of the man which I am not convinced is accurate.


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