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Winston Churchill Quotes on Democracy, The Arts, and Leadership

Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was an important figure of his time. Through his assistance and leadership, the Allied forces, together with the U.S. and the Soviet Union, gained victory against the Axis powers during WWII.

A beloved statesman and writer, he was also a key individual in crafting post-war peace.

Independent, strategic, and strong, his ideals remain invaluable to this day. Like many successful and historic figures, his life was not without obstacles.

Who would believe that during his early years, he in fact, performed poorly in school? It took him three tries before getting into the British Royal Military College.

His mother rarely saw him at that time as well. His father, seldom present and someone he knew only through reputation, died when Churchill was only 21.

We can glean a bit of wisdom from his life as a well-known statesman and writer. Whether you’re after success, are fighting for change, or you simply need a bit of motivation, here are some of the best Winston Churchill quotes for you.


The Greatest Winston Churchill Quotes on Democracy and Leadership


1.) “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill


2.) “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” ― Winston S. Churchill


3.) “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” ― Winston S. Churchill


4.) “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” ― Winston S. Churchill


5.) “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

6.) “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” ― Winston S. Churchill


7.) “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” ― Winston S. Churchill


8.) “Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” ― Winston S. Churchill


9.) “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” ― Winston S. Churchill


10.) “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” ― Winston S. Churchill


11.) “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill


12.) “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ― Winston S. Churchill


13.) “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” ― Winston S. Churchill


14.) “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” ― Winston S. Churchill


15.) “We are all worms, But I do believe that I am a glow worm.” ― Winston S. Churchill, ‘Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches’

Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

16.) “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” ― Winston S. Churchill


17.) “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 S. Churchill


18.) “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” ― Winston S. Churchill


19.) “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” ― Winston S. Churchill


20.) “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 S. Churchill



Winston Churchill Quotes on Never Giving Up

21.) “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” ― Winston S. Churchill


22.) “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ― Winston S. Churchill


23.) “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston S. Churchill


24.) “If you are going through hell, keep going.” ― Winston S. Churchill


25.) “Never, never, never give in!” ― Winston S. Churchill

Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

Famous Winston Churchill Quotes

26.) “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” ― Winston S. Churchill


27.) “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” ― Winston S. Churchill


28.) Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ― Winston S. Churchill, ‘Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches’


29.) “For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” ― Winston S. Churchill


30.) “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” ― Winston S. Churchill


31.) “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” ― Winston S. Churchill, ‘Alone: The Second World War’ (Condensed) Series, Book 2


32.) “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” ― Winston S. Churchill


33.) “When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.” ― Winston S. Churchill


34.) “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 S. Churchill

Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

35.) “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” ― Winston S. Churchill



Quotes by Winston Churchill about the Importance of the Arts

36.) “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.” ― Winston S. Churchill


37.) “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” ― Winston S. Churchill


38.) “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” ― Winston S. Churchill


39.) “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope” ― Winston S. Churchill


40.) “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 S. Churchill

Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

More Winston Churchill Quotes


41.) “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 S. Churchill


42.) “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” ― Winston S. Churchill


43.) “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” ― Winston S. Churchill


44.) “There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.” ― Winston S. Churchill


45.) “You create your own universe as you go along.” ― Winston S. Churchill


46.) “This paper, by its very length, defends itself from ever being read.” ― Winston S. Churchill


47.) “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 S. Churchill, ‘My Early Life’, 1874-1904


48.) “Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.” ― Winston S. Churchill, Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches


49.) “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 S. Churchill

Inspirational Winston Churchill Quotes

50.) “This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end; this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.” ― Winston S. Churchill



Did you enjoy these Winston Churchill quotes?

Hopefully, you have found one or two of his wise words to inspire you. You don’t need to be statesman to fight for what is right: these battles are fought everyday. As long as you give your best and do what you believe is true, you are brave.

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