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Quotes of the Day for 10 May 2001 – Winston Churchill

I always welcome an excuse to run quotes from Winston Churchill. On this day in 1940 the author, lecturer, and political gadfly was thrust into a role of much greater depth: He became Prime Minister of England.

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The quotes:

Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

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.

Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all

If you're going through hell, keep going.
     - All today's quotes are from Sir Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

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