Churchill: My Top 14 Favorite Winston Churchill Quotes

I’m a huge admirer of Winston Churchill, and if everything goes to plan, on this very day, I’ll be journeying from London to his home at Chartwell in Kent. To mark this occasion (and lifelong dream for me), I thought it’d be appropriate to share my favorite Churchill quotes and one liners.

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

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

“Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.”

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

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

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

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”

“Never, never, never give up.”

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. avatarDavid says

    An aide brought Churchill the morning paper with the news that one of his Cabinet Ministers would have to resign because he had been caught having gay sex with a Grenadier Guardsman in Green Park the night before.

    Churchill said: “It was cold last night was it not?”
    the aide replied: “Yes Sir, only 23 degrees”
    Churchill replied: “Makes you proud to be British”

    Thought I’d add my favourite.

    • avatarAlex says

      Winston Churchill had been drinking heavily at a party when he bumped into Bessie Braddock, a Socialist Member of Parliament.

      “Mr. Churchill, you are drunk,” Braddock said harshly.

      Churchill paused and said, “And Bessie, you are ugly. You are very ugly. I’ll be sober in the morning.”

      • avatarBob (The Bobby-Bob) Bobbington-Bobsbury (nee Bob) says

        He was hardly Clark Gable himself though – was he?;-)

        • avatarFrancis says

          Yes, but I think it has been misquoted ….. Churchill said something more to the effect of ‘Yes, I am drunk Madam and you are ugly. The difference between us is that tomorrow, when I wake up, I shall be sober!’
          In this instance the humour compensates for the lack of gallantry!

  2. avatarzmpt Ndkwj says

    Another favorite of mine was when Lady Astor got irritated with him in Parliment and said to him, “Sir if you were my husband I’d feed you poison ! ” He replied, “Madame, If I were your husband, I’d gladly take it !”