Sir Winston Churchill is one of the most widely revered and iconic leaders in world history. The British Prime Minister’s rousing oratory and steadfast leadership during the London Blitz held a besieged and frightened nation together, while his legendary tenacity and profound sense of conviction rallied the Allied countries to victory against Hitler’s Germany in 1945.
As a wartime Prime Minister at a pivotal moment for the world, Churchill’s passion and courage quite literally altered the course of history. Decades on, his legacy continues to spark admiration from across the political spectrum. In 2002, Winston Churchill was named the Greatest Briton of All Time in a poll conducted by the BBC.
Fortunately for us, Churchill was reknowned as much for his his wit and wisdom as for his brave and clear-sighted leadership. Upon his death in 1965, Churchill left a compendium of sayings that still inspire us to this day with their lucidity and life lessons.
Here are our Top 24 Winston Churchill Quotes to Inspire You to Never Surrender.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.
I never ‘worry’ about action, but only about inaction.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.
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.
One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
For myself I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.
Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I have in my life concentrated more on self-expression than self-denial.
You never can tell whether bad luck may not after all turn out to be good luck.
The true guide of life is to do what is right.
Things are not always right because they are hard, but if they are right one must not mind if they are also hard.
I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen I like to make them happen.
You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.
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