Winston Churchill

30 Nov 1874 // 24 Jan 1965
Politician / Statesman / Orator


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You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse
When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise
When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened
We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out
War is mainly a catalogue of blunders
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."