Winston Churchill

1874 - 1965

A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on difficulty, opportunity, optimism, and pessimism

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

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on truth

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. . . man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.

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Source: Quoted in: Irving Klotz, ‘Bending perception, a book review’ Nature, 1996, Vol. 379

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on courage, failure, and success

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

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on beginning

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

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 companions and men

The heights of great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upwards in the night.

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Source: quoting Longfellow

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on action, falsehood, generations, god, injustice, justice, laws, lies, life, men, oppression, propaganda, soul, time, truth, and words

Laws just or unjust may govern men's actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life.

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on modesty

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Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed, he has a lot to be modest about.

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on pride

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"Not in vain" may be the pride of those who survived and the epitaph of those who fell. The eight thousand paratroopers of the First British Airborne Division who landed in Arnhem, Holland, behind the German lines and held the area for nine days and nights, with a loss of six thousand. [September 1944] Major General R. E. Urquhart, the division commander radioed to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery: All will be ordered to break out rather than surrender.

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Source: Speech in the House of Commons, September 28, 1944

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on optimism

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on cooperation, execution, and mankind

A vile race of quislings - to use the new word which will carry the scorn of mankind down the centuries. Vidkun Quisling, head of the Nasjonal Samling party in Norway, who cooperated and collaborated with Nazis when Germany invaded Norway on April 9, 1940. Quisling was executed on October 23, 1945.

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Source: Speech at St. James's Palace, London, June 1941

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