Winston Spencer Churchill
Here are a few famous quotes from one of the most loved and respected characters from British history, who called a spade a spade, and didn't beat about the bush and mince his words. What he said is what he thought and you could like it..... or lump it! Not only was Winston Churchill a great wartime leader, he left a huge treasure chest of wise observations, witty comments and inspirational speeches.
"But all depends now upon the whole life-strength of the British race in every part of the world and all our associated peoples and of all our well wishers in every land, doing their utmost night and day, giving all, daring all, enduring all to the utmost-to the end. This is no war of chieftains or of princes, of dynasties or national ambition; it is a war of people and of causes. There are vast numbers, not only in this island, but in every land, who will render faithful service in this war, but whose names will never be known, whose deeds will never be recorded. This is a war of THE UNKNOWN WARRIORS."
July 14th, 1940
"If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire."
One problem Prime Minister, it's what we call the Euro Tunnel.
"Never in the field of human conflict has so many, owed so much, to so few."
Praising the Battle of Britain fighter pilots after repelling the Luftwaffe
"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."
Have the contributors of the book been following Winnies advice?!
"If you are going through hell, keep going."
Good advice if you are walking over hot coals!
"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. "
Brussel sprouts anyone?? Correct legal size and shape of course.
"One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!"
Stiff upper lips rule OK!
"These are not dark days: these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived."
"To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war."
Unles you have found some WMD..... what you mean there was none!
"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, 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."
Those Waffen S.S need to think themselves lucky they never got to our beaches as legions of women in hair nets & curlers armed with rolling pins would have given them the bashing of their lives, before the Home Guard even arrived on the scene with their pitch-forks ready to make hay while the sun shined. Had they not heard of Queen Boudicea or Elizabeth 1st?
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
No shrinking violets required
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."
And we should always thank those brave enough to stand alone and reveal the truth, regardless of the personal consequences.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
Pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start again. If the pioneer aviation engineers had given up in a huff, we'd still think jumping off Bognor pier in paper feather wings was long haul flight.
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. "
An American study found that five acts of altruism a day give people a happiness boost, while a British study, carried out by Professor Paul Whiteley from the University of Essex and his colleagues, found that areas with the best quality of life had high levels of informal voluntary activity.
"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
One of my earliest memories is of a humongous male pig going mental in its pen at Kirkley Hall Farm when I was about 6. It's true there was no airs or graces, but neither was it particularly pleased to see our little happy faces. It just carried on as though we were a bunch of piglets watching him. A very true statement Sir Winston.
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
Apparently Churchill said this when talking about Sir Stafford Cripps, who was a strong proponent of Marxist social and economic policies. No doubt you can think of a modern day equivalent yourself that this description is perfect for.