Winston Churchill : 1874-1965

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was Prime Minister of Britain during World War 2. Although best known for his role in that conflict, he also had an illustrious career as a statesman both before and after the war. He was involved in politics for 64 years, a testament to both his popularity and leadership.

Born on the 30th of November, 1874 to a privileged but not wealthy family, he began to make his way in the world at an early age. Although failing to complete secondary school, he graduated from the Royal Military College and, whilst on leave in 1895, served as a military observer and correspondent during the Spanish-American War in Cuba.

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

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

If I was your wife Sir, I'd poison you! Madam, if you were my wife, I'd let you!

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

When 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.

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

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Without courage all virtues lose their meaning.

I like a man who grins when he fights.

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

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

Never give in, 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.

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.

The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.

A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.

It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

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

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

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.

Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.

We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire...give us the tools and we will finish the job.

The rule which forbids ending a sentence with a preposition is the kind of nonsense up with which I will not put.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

There is no such thing as a good tax.

I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.