Bessie Braddock: Sir, you are drunk.
Churchill: And you, madam, are ugly. But in the morning, I shall be sober.
Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.
Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea.
Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.
The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.
The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.
To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
I am prepared to meet my maker; whether my maker is prepared to meet me is entirely another matter.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.’ We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Speech in the House of Commons, after taking office as Prime Minister (13 May 1940).
Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war. To Neville Chamberlain in the House of Commons, after the Munich accords (1938).
We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes. (1940-10-21)