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80+ Best Winston Churchill Quotes for Personal Growth

Winston Churchill, a well-known British statesman and political figure who served from 1874 to 1965.

Churchill was best recognized for his leadership during wartime(World War II), which inspired the British people to stand up to Nazi Germany.

Churchill was an excellent writer as well, and his writings are still read and studied today. In 1953, he received the Literature Nobel Prize.

His speeches, including the iconic “We shall fight on the beaches” and “Their finest hour,” boosted determination during the darkest days of the war.

Churchill quotes often express deep insights into the human condition and the challenges of leadership. For example, his famous quote, “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 honor and good sense,” is a reminder that despite how challenging it may seem, we should never give up on our goals.

Here are 80+ best Winston Churchill memorable quotes and their significance in various aspects of life.


Famous Winston Churchill Quotes

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

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

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

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

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“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”

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

“We shall never surrender.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

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Top Winston Churchill Sayings

“In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity.”

“Never, never, never give up.”


“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”

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

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”

“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”

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“You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.”

“Success always demands a greater effort.”

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

“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.”

Winston Churchill Quotations

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”

“A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”

“In those days, he had no conception of where he was going, he only knew he wanted to go there very fast.”

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

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


“When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.”

“We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”

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

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

“The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.”

“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.”

Winston Churchill Phrases

“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.”

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

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“The first duty of the university is to teach wisdom, not a trade; character, not technicalities. We want a lot of engineers in the modern world, but we don’t want a world of engineers.”

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”

“From what I have seen of our Russian friends and allies during the war, I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for weakness, especially military weakness.”

“In finance, everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable.”

“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”

“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.”

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

“The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.”

“I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”


Best Churchill Quotes

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

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”

“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”

“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.”

“War is mainly a catalogue of blunders.”


“In war, as in life, it is often necessary, when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.”

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

“I like a man who grins when he fights.”


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

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

“The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.”

“There is no such thing as a good tax.”

Winston Churchill Quotes & Sayings

“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required.”


“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

“Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterward to explain why it didn’t happen.”

“This is the lesson: 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 honor and good sense.”

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

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

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

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

“There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”

“The problems of two people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

“The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.”

“I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.”

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.”

Best Quotes By Winston Churchill

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.”

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

Quotes By Winston Churchill

“A joke is a very serious thing.”

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“It is a mistake to look too long ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else.”

“The greatest argument against socialism is to spend five minutes with the average voter.”

“I am a man of simple tastes, easily satisfied with the best.”


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

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”

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