Winston Churchill Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old winston churchill quotes, winston churchill sayings, and winston churchill proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Winston Churchill

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.     

Winston Churchill

It is better to do the wrong thing that to do nothing.     

Winston Churchill

India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.     

Winston Churchill

As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.     

Winston Churchill

Indomitable in retreat, invincible in advance; insufferable in victory.     

Winston Churchill

The V sign is the symbol of the unconquerable will of the occupied territories, and a portent of the fate awaiting the Nazi tyranny.     

Winston Churchill

Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.     

Winston Churchill

Politicians have 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.     

Winston Churchill

The reason for having diplomatic relations is not to confer a compliment, but to secure a convenience. [On diplomatic recognition of the People's Republic of China]     

Winston Churchill

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.     

Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.     

Winston Churchill

The cemetery is full of indispensable people.     

Winston Churchill

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.     

Winston Churchill

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.     

Winston Churchill

A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind.     

Winston Churchill

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

Winston Churchill

The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one to bear with the stupidity of the ignorant.     

Winston Churchill

Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.     

Winston Churchill

In time of war, when truth is so precious, it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies.     

Winston Churchill

The gin and tonic has saved more Englishman's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire.     

Winston Churchill

Land monopoly is not the only monopoly which exists, but it is by far the greatest of monopolies; it is a perpetual monopoly, and it is the mother of all other forms of monopoly.     

Winston Churchill

Your understanding of what you read and hear is, to a very large degree, determined by your vocabulary, so improve your vocabulary daily.     

Winston Churchill

Short words are best, and old words when short are best of all.     

Winston Churchill

Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty.     

Winston Churchill

Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.     

Winston Churchill

Hasty work and premature decisions may lead to penalties out of all proportion to the issues immediately involved.     

Winston Churchill

Renown awaits the commander who first restores artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield.     

Winston Churchill

The substitution of the internal combustion engine for the horse marked a very gloomy milestone in the progress of mankind.     

Winston Churchill

After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil.     

Winston Churchill