Perspectives; Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 – 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1940 to July 1945, when he led the country to victory in the Second World War, and again from October 1951 to April 1955. Apart from two years in the early '20’s he was a Member of Parliament from 1900 to 1964 and represented a total of five constituencies. Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, he was for most of his career a member of the Conservative Party, as leader from 1940 to 1955. He was a member of the Liberal Party from May 1904 to March 1924.

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter…Democracy is a terrible form of government, but the others are all far worse.”

“If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.”


“Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea.
Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.” ~ Winston Churchill


He suffered from depression a good deal of the time – and he called it his “black dog”.

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Another favorite;

“Winston, you are drunk”.
“Yes, madame, and you are ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober”.


Oh, that is a good one! :joy:

Just want to thank you for these. I don’t often comment on them, but really enjoy reading them regularly.

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Well, you should join us! :blush:

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