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  • ''All his usual formalites of perfidy were observed with scrupulous technique.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Radio broadcast, June 21, 1941. Of Hitler's invasion of Russia.
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  • ''I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. radio broadcast, Oct. 1, 1939. Churchill added: "But perhaps there is a key ... Russian national interest."
  • ''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.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, June 4, 1940, House of Commons, London. Vol. 6, Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (1974). After the retreat from Dunkirk, France.
  • ''Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, June 18, 1940, House of Commons, London. Vol. 6, Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (1974). Announcing the fall of France, and the start of the "Battle of Britain." Two days later, a week after the Germans had entered Paris, France concluded an armistice with Germany.
  • ''I am not invested with dictatorial powers. If I were, I should be quite ready to dictate.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer, prime minister. speech, Aug. 7, 1925, to House of Commons, as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • ''Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, June 18, 1940, House of Commons, announcing the fall of France, and the start of the Battle of Britain. Two days later, a week after the Germans had entered Paris, France concluded an armistice with Germany.
  • ''The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. speech, Nov. 11, 1942, House of Commons. Hansard, col. 28.
  • ''The English never draw a line without blurring it.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. speech, Nov. 16, 1948, to House of Commons.
  • ''It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. speech, Feb. 22, 1906, to the House of Commons, on the position of indented Chinese laborers working in the Rand mines in the Transvaal, South Africa. made soon after assuming office of Under-Secretary for the Colonies. Of Churchill's last phrase, former colonial secretary Joseph Chamberlain commented: "Eleven syllables, many of them of Latin or Greek derivation, when one good English word, a Saxon word of a single syllable, would do!"
  • ''These are not dark days: these are great days—the greatest days our country has ever lived.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. speech, Oct. 29, 1941, Harrow School, England. Vol. 6, Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (1974).

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