One could argue about the finest American President of the 20th century, being Ronald Regan for some, Franklin Roosevelt for other. But noone could argue about the greatest world leader during that time, being definitely Winston Churchill. Not only was he a man of caliber at the helm duroing WW2 – world history may have turned out very differently if he had taken part into it – but he was also one of the single most quotable men who has ever been.
Churchill leadership, war and history quotes
Greatest war leadder of the 20th century, Sir Winston Churchill was probably one of the few men who really influenced the outcome of WW2. His strenght of mind and his tenacity made him a key in our victory and without him, things may have turned out very differently. But was did he do during World War 2 to be so efficient and why is he so famous? Amongst the many actions he took during the war, the most important were probably his numerous and relentless speeches who keep people from falling into despair. Those are the best war quotes he cited.
- “To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”
- “In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity.”
- “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
- “When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.”
- “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”
- “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
- “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is 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 to live as slaves.”
Failure, success and courage : Churchill great sayings about life and wisdom
Not only was Winston Churchill a great man of war, but what he was famous for was also his greatness of mind. During his speeches many citations marked the spirits of anyone who was listening to him. His insight about life in general and his huge wisdom did not die with him. Here are his best wisdom quotes.
- “It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”
- “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
- “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
- “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
- “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
- “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened.”
- “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.”
- “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”
- “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”
- “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
- “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Churchill best citations about politics, democracy and capitalism in America
Given his part in war matters during Second World War, Churchill was know for being very close to politics and economics. Not only he understand them very clearly, but he also did not hesitate one second when it came to express his opinion… which was usually very relevant and true. Those are some of his quotes which were not forgotten.
- “We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
- “Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.”
- “The Americans will always do the right thing… after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.”
- “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
- “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”
- “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
- “Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.”