Winston Churchill

1874 - 1965

A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on art, innovation, and traditions

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

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on inspiration, learning, meetings, quotations, and style

Adlai Stevenson, himself a notable speaker, often reminisced about his last meeting with Churchill. I asked him on whom or what he had based his oratorical style. Churchill replied, "It was an American statesman who inspired me and taught me how to use every note of the human voice like an organ." Winston then to my amazement started to quote long excerpts from Bourke Cockran's speeches of 60 years before. "He was my model," Churchill said. "I learned from him how to hold thousands in thrall."

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on observation

The late M. Venizelos observed that in all her wars England - he should have said Britain, of course - always wins one battle - the last. Eleutherios Venizelos, 1864-1936, Greek statesman.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Speech at the Lord Mayor's Day Luncheon, London, November 10, l942

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on nations, people, and respect

The British nation is unique in this respect, They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Report on the war, House of Commons, June 1941

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on good and people

The British people are good all through. You can test them as you would put a bucket into the sea and always find it salt.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: A Churchill Reader, edited by Colin Coote

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on blessings, capitalism, sharing, socialism, vices, and virtue

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

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Source: Saying

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

For each and for all, as for the Royal Navy, the watchword should be, "Carry on, and dread nought."

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Speech on traffic at sea, House of Commons, December 6, 1939

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on facts and theory

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

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Malakand Field Force, 1898

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on democracy, government, and time

No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all of the other forms which have been tried from time to time.

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on power

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The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

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