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The first quality that is needed is audacity.
– Winston Churchill
Great and good are seldom the same man.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.
If it weren’t for painting, I wouldn’t live; I couldn’t bear the extra strain of things.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
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.
Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.
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.
The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy’s aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.
A state of society where men may not speak their minds cannot long endure.
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.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.
What kind of people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
History is written by the victors.
No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable than the fighting of elections.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.