Quotations From WINSTON CHURCHILL

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  • I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. radio broadcast, Oct. 1, 1939. Churchill added: "But perhaps there is a key ... Russian national interest."
  • All his usual formalites of perfidy were observed with scrupulous technique.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Radio broadcast, June 21, 1941. Of Hitler's invasion of Russia.
  • India is an abstraction.... India is no more a political personality than Europe. India is a geographical term. It is no more a united nation than the Equator.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, March 18, 1931, Royal Albert Hall, London. "On India," Maxims and Reflections, ed. Colin Coote (1947).
  • He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine of Books (June 27, 1954). Referring to Labour politician and prime minister Clement Attlee.
  • A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in New York Times (July 5, 1954).

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  • Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, author, prime minister. Address to Royal Academy of Arts. Quoted in Time (New York, May 11, 1954).
  • In defeat unbeatable: in victory unbearable.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in Ambrosia and Small Beer, ch. 5, Edward Marsh (1964). Referring to Viscount Montgomery, victor at El Alamein and later chief of the imperial general staff.
  • We are asking the nations of Europe between whom rivers of blood have flowed to forget the feuds of a thousand years.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer, prime minister. Speech, February 14, 1948.
  • A shadow has fallen upon the scenes so lately lighted by the Allied victory.... From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, March 5, 1946, Fulton, Missouri. Vol. 6, Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (1974). The phrase "iron curtain" had been used previously, notably by Joseph Goebbels in 1945, and by Churchill himself in the same year in a telegram to President Truman.
  • I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Speech, May 13, 1940, House of Commons. Vol. 6, Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (1974). Maiden speech as prime minister.
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