Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.
We do not covet anything from any nation except their respect.
No crime is so great as daring to excel.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.
Never give in - never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
I never worry about action, but only inaction.
Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
Eating words has never given me indigestion.
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.
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.
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
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.
When we look back on all the perils through which we have passed and at the mighty foes that we have laid low and all the dark and deadly designs that we have frustrated, why should we fear for our future? We have come safely through the worst.
Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.
I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
History is written by the victors.
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.
I like a man who grins when he fights.
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
The first quality that is needed is audacity.
Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.
One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!