The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
I have never accepted what many people have kindly said—namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it. – on his 80th birthday, address to Parliament 11/30/54
Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.
If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
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.
War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.
Eating words has never given me indigestion.
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.