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The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill

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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen Winston Churchill

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Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Winston Churchill

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All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. Winston Churchill

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

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If you're going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

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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, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Gods good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old. Winston Churchill

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He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Winston Churchill

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Never, never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

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Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

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

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Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never -- in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Winston Churchill

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I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Winston Churchill

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If I was your wife Sir, I'd poison you! Madam, if you were my wife, I'd let you! Winston Churchill

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In war you can be killed only once. In politics, many times. Winston Churchill

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The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. Winston Churchill

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This was their finest hour Winston Churchill

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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. Winston Churchill

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There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right. Winston Churchill

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Responsibility is the price of greatness. Winston Churchill

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I am easily satisfied with the very best. Winston Churchill

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Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. Winston Churchill

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When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home. Winston Churchill

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It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. Winston Churchill

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If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care. Winston Churchill

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

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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill

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If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use the pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time; a tremendous whack. Winston Churchill

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Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. Winston Churchill

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My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. Winston Churchill

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The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Winston Churchill

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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 gongthese are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history. Winston Churchill

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

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I never worry about action, but only inaction. Winston Churchill

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Once upon a time all the animals in the zoo decided that they would disarm, and they arranged to have a conference to arrange the matter. So the Rhinoceros said when he opened the proceedings that the use of teeth was barbarous and horrible and ought to be strictly prohibited by general consent. Horns, which were mainly defensive weapons, would, of course, have to be allowed. The Buffalo, the Stag, the Porcupine, and even the little Hedgehog all said they would vote with the Rhino, but the Lion and the Tiger took a different view. They defended teeth and even claws, which they described as honourable weapons of immemorial antiquity. The Panther, the Leopard, the Puma, and the whole tribe of small cats all supported the Lion and the Tiger. Then the Bear spoke. He proposed that both teeth and horns should be banned and never used again for fighting by any animal. It would be quite enough if animals were allowed to give each other a good hug when they quarreled. No one could object to that. It was so fraternal, and that would be a great step towards peace. However, all the other animals were very offended with the Bear, and the Turkey fell into a perfect panic. The discussion got so hot and angry, and all those animals began thinking so much about horns and teeth and hugging when they argued about the peaceful intentions that had brought them together that they began to look at one another in a very nasty way. Luckily the keepers were able to calm them down and persuade them to go back quietly to their cages, and they began to feel quite friendly with one another again. Winston Churchill

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Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves. Winston Churchill

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No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism. Winston Churchill

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This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read. Winston Churchill

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Judged by every standard which history has applied to Governments, the Soviet Government of Russia is one of the worst tyrannies that has ever existed in the world. It accords no political rights. It rules by terror. It punishes political opinions. It suppresses free speech. It tolerates no newspapers but its own. It persecutes Christianity with a zeal and a cunning never equalled since the times of the Roman Emperors. It is engaged at this moment in trampling down the peoples of Georgia and executing their leaders by hundreds. Winston Churchill

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A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. Winston Churchill

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I do not hold that we should rearm in order to fight. I hold that we should rearm in order to parley. Winston Churchill

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I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks. Winston Churchill

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Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party. Winston Churchill

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Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. Winston Churchill

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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. Winston Churchill

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Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result. Winston Churchill

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Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old. Winston Churchill

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"If you put two economists in a room, you get two opinions, unless one of them is Lord Keynes, in which case you get three opinions." Winston Churchill

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

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There must be what Mr. Gladstone many years ago called a blessed act of oblivion. We must all turn our backs upon the horrors of the past. We must look to the future. We cannot afford to drag forward across the years that are to come the hatreds and revenges which have sprung from the injuries of the past. Winston Churchill