Winston Churchill Quotes on Life (17 Quotes)


    Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

    In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.

    There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do, and for making a certainty of what you try. But this principle, like others in life, has its exceptions.

    In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

    You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.


    How little can we foresee the consequences either of wise or unwise action, of virtue or of malice. Without this measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.

    My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.

    We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

    We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

    It is a gaping wound, whenever one touches it and removes the bandages and plasters of daily life.

    If we can stand up to Hitler, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.

    You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.


    Laws just or unjust may govern men's actions. Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life.

    When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.

    The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye.

    Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.


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