Top 50 Best Inspiring Winston Churchill Quotes

 Winston Churchill Quotes: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, during the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955.

Common Asked Questions About Winston Churchill

Why is Winston Churchill famous?

Churchill is best remembered for successfully leading Britain through World War Two. He was famous for his inspiring speeches, and for his refusal to give in, even when things were going badly. Many people consider him the greatest Briton of all time and he’s almost certainly the most famous British prime minister.

What age did Churchill die?

90 years (1874–1965)

Our Favorite Winston Churchill Quotes

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

“Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

“For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”

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

“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. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

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

“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”

“A lady came up to me one day and said 'Sir! You are drunk', to which I replied 'I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.”

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

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

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

“Never, never, never give in!”

“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”

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


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

“My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”

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

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

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

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

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

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

“Don't interrupt me while I'm interrupting.”

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

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

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

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”


“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

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

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

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

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

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

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

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

“I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.”

“In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.”

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body; it calls attention to the development of an unhealthy state of things. If it is heeded in time, danger may be averted; if it is suppressed, a fatal distemper may develop."

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

“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”

“Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.”

“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.”

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

“A joke is a very serious thing.”

“From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

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

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

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”