Churchill Quotes

A Collection of Quotes by Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill
British Conservative politician Winston Churchill. (April 1939). (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Winston Churchill, prime minister of Great Britain during World War II, is well known for having been an amazing speaker as well as having been a prolific writer. That means that he left thousands upon thousands of pages of his spoken and written word behind.

With such a large resource, there is no way to truly capture the wit and wisdom of the man in just a few quotes and yet one must try. Find below just a small sampling of quotes by Winston Churchill.

Success and Self Improvement Quotes by Winton Churchill

  • History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.


  • Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.


  • To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.


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


  • It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.


  • Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.


  • Never give in -- never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.


  • Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.


  • Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

Funny Quotes by Winston Churchill

  • Bessie Braddock: "Winston, you are drunk, and what's more, you are disgustingly drunk."
    Churchill: "Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what's more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly."


  • A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.


  • In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.


  • There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.

    World War II Quotes by Winston Churchill

    • An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile —- hoping it will eat him last.


    • Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.


    • The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.


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


    • 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.


    • Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.


    • 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.


    • 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.

    Political Quotes by Winston Churchill

    • Politics is 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.


    • The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.


    • Many forms of government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

    Quotes by Churchill About Himself

    • I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.


    • Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.


    • I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.


    • I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.


    • My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.


    • We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.