• Search

Join & Sustain the Churchill Centre

Join the Churchill Centre today and enjoy additional benefits including a subscription to Finest Hour, "the journal of Winston Churchill," plus much more. Learn More >
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
Life, which is so complicated and difficult in great matters, nearly always presents itself in simple terms.
Mr. Speaker, let us envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.
Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library.
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past...
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice, which he badly needs.
Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
All wisdom is not new wisdom.
It is no part of my case that I am always right.
…soldiers must die, but by their death they nourish the nation which gave them birth.
--The British people have always been superior to the British climate.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Language is a great bridge.
Kites rise highest against the wind not with it.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
We must beware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic.
Craft is common both to skill and deceit.
The usefulness of a naval invention ceases when it is enjoyed by everyone else.
A fanatic is someone who won’t change his mind, and wont change the subject
Bolshevism is a great evil, but it has arisen out of great social evils.
…I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it for a time parts company with reality.
Great and impressive are the effects of contrast.
There is always much to be said for not attempting more than you can do…  But this principle…  has its exceptions.
It is not in our power to anticipate our destiny.
Well it may be said, well it was said, that the prerogatives of the Crown have become privileges of the people.
Vengeance is the most costly and dissipating of luxuries.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.
One ought to be just before one is generous.
How few men are strong enough to stand against the prevailing currents of opinion!
The recognition of their language is precious to a small people.
The British Constitution is mainly British common sense.
I never take pleasure in human woe.
At the beginning of this War megalomania was the only form of sanity.
If you destroy a free market you create a black market.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty….
It's a long way to Tipperary, but a visit there is sometimes irresistible.
No technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
In wartime, Truth is so precious that she should always be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
Sometimes when fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts.
Frightfulness is not a remedy known to the British pharmacopoeia.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care.
When you get to the end of your luck, there is a comfortable feeling you have got to the bottom.
You cannot cure cancer by a majority. What is needed is a remedy.”
The First Sea Lord moves the fleet. No one else moves it.
Time and money are largely interchangeable terms.
War never pays its dividends in cash on the money it costs.
Nothing is more costly, nothing is more sterile, than vengeance.
God for a month of power & a good shorthand writer.
…I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught….
Is [this coalition] to be above party Government or below party Government?
[I object] on principle to doing by legislation what properly belongs to charity.
The object of Parliament is to substitute arguments for fisticuffs.
The British people have taken for themselves this motto: 'Business carried on as usual during alterations on the map of Europe.'
Patience and good temper accomplish much.
You must look at facts, because they look at you.
Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
The English never draw a line without blurring it.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Honours should go where death and danger go.
Chivalrous gallantry is not among the peculiar characteristics of excited democracy.
A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.
In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.
One can usually put one's thoughts better in ones own words.
I think of France, anxious, peace-loving, pacifist to the core, but armed to the teeth…
There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them.
The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.

The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.

Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see.
I can well understand the Hon. Member speaking for practice,which he badly needs.
Let us learn our lessons.
The Hon. Member is never lucky in the coincidence of his facts with the truth.
My Rt. Hon. Friend [Air Minister Sir Kingsley Wood] has not been long enough in office to grow a guilty conscience.
We must always be ready to make sacrifices for the great causes; only in that way shall we live to keep our souls alive.
War is very cruel. It goes on for so long.
An announcement of a prospective surplus is always a milestone in a budget….
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.
I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.
Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am a prod.
Each one [of the neutral nations] hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
The maxim of the British people is 'Business as usual.'
Above all, my dear friend, do not be vexed or discouraged. We are on the stage of history.
Our task is not only to win the battle—but to win the war.
Nationalization of industry is the doom of trade unionism.


ChurchillCentre Some are outraged by a film company turning Churchill's birthplace into Hitler's HQ for a movie production. bit.ly/2d4SvEE
Sep 27
ChurchillCentrl Take a virtual tour of No.10 and meet two of Britain's most iconic Prime Minsters: ow.ly/QwjD304lNxe pic.twitter.com/l...
Sep 26
Finest Hour 173
The Most Recent Issues of Finest Hour are Available Online to Members
Members Login for Access|Non-Members Join Today for a Print and Online Subscription