Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, 1874 - 1965
British government photo on Downing Street (5 June 1943)
Born: 30 November 1874, Blenheim, Oxfordshire, England
Died: 24 January 1965, Hyde Park, London, England
Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace near Oxford, internet legends that he was born in a bathroom there are not supported by any evidence. His father Lord Randolph Spencer-Churchill was a duke, his mother Lady Randolph, nee Jennie Jerome, was the American daughter of a New York financier. He graduated from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, served in India and Sudan, and then resigned his commission to cover the Second Boer War as a journalist, during which he was captured and escaped. As first lord of the admiralty he modernized the Royal Navy in preparation for World War I. He was in and out of politics, his forceful opinions didn't always make him welcome on either side of the aisle. Those opinions did make him a good fit during World War II when he served as Prime Minister. Throughout his life he was an ardent student of history, and wrote several histories, as well as a novel, two biographies, and three volumes of memoirs. Among his honors are a long list of initials, he was the first Honorary Citizen of the United States, and won the 1953 Nobel Prize in literature. His quick wit and clear language make him a favorite of any quotation collector.
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- A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal. permalink
- A communist is like a crocodile: when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up. permalink
- A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. permalink
- A hard-boiled egg of a man. permalink
on Joseph Stalin, quoted by Piers Brendon in Winston Churchill (1984)
- A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet. permalink
- A joke is a very serious thing. permalink
- A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. permalink
- A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward. permalink
speech in the House of Commons (29 November 1944)
- A man can wear out a particular part of his mind by continually using and tiring it, just in the same way he can wear out the elbows of his coat. permalink
- A man must choose his own way of life, and ... it is only by following out one's own bent that there can be the really harmonious life. permalink
- A modest little person, with much to be modest about. permalink
regarding Clement Atlee
- A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. permalink
- Advertising nourishes the consuming power of men. permalink
quoted by David Ogilvy in Confessions of an Advertising Man (1963)
- All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes. permalink
- All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: Freedom; Justice; Honour; Duty; Mercy; Hope. permalink
speech at the Royal Albert Hall (14 May 1947)
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