Sir Winston Churchill


Sir Winston Churchill Quotes

  • ''In defeat unbeatable: in victory unbearable.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in Ambrosia and Small Beer, ch. 5, Edward Marsh (1964). Referring to Viscount Montgomery, victor at El Alamein and later chief of the imperial general staff.
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  • ''He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (June 27, 1954). Referring to Labour politician and prime minister Clement Attlee.
  • ''Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. minutes, taken Aug. 30, 1941. Quoted in Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 3 (1950). Of report of the MAUD Committee that it would be possible to make a uranium bomb.
  • ''Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Remark made in 1911. Quoted in Former Naval Person, ch. 1, Sir Peter Gretton (1968).
  • ''A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in New York Times (July 5, 1954).
  • ''An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. quoted in Reader's Digest (Pleasantville, N.Y., Dec. 1954).
  • ''This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in The Complete Plain Words, "The Handling of Words," Ernest Gowers (1954). Said to be a marginal comment by Churchill against a sentence that clumsily avoided ending with a preposition.
  • ''Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, author, prime minister. Address to Royal Academy of Arts. Quoted in Time (New York, May 11, 1954).
  • ''Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. speech, Nov. 10, 1942, the Mansion House, London. The End of the Beginning (1943). on the Eighth Army's victory against Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt. In his History of the Second World War, vol. 4 (1951), Churchill wrote, "It may almost be said, 'Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.'..."
  • ''If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.''
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. The Grand Alliance, vol. 3, ch. 20, The Second World War (1950).

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