33 Powerful Observations from Winston Churchill

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

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

Never, never, never give up.

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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.

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

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

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.

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

Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.

It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.

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

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!

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

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

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.

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

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

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

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