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Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
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We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
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Sir Winston Churchill
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
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Sir Winston Churchill
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
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Sir Winston Churchill
Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech.
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Sir Winston Churchill
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
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Sir Winston Churchill, (attributed)
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
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Sir Winston Churchill, a conference in Washington DC
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
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Sir Winston Churchill, BBC radio broadcast, Feb 9, 1941
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.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, June 10, 1941
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
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Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, May 13, 1940
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, November 11, 1947
So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, November 12, 1936
We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Lecture, Cleveland, Ohio, February 3, 1932
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep them in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Letter to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
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Sir Winston Churchill, My Early Life, 1930
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
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Sir Winston Churchill, on the eve of his 75th birthday
I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.'
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Sir Winston Churchill, quoted in Rudolf Flesch, ed., "The New Book of Unusual Quotations" (NY: Harper & Row, 1966), p. 311
We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Radio broadcast, London, March 21, 1943
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1939
Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt... We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1941
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
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Sir Winston Churchill, Roving Commission: My Early Life, 1930, Chapter 9
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