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The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.
There is nothing government can give you that it hasn't taken from you in the first place.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.
A nation that forgets its past has no future.
If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty, you have no brain.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.
To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
I'd rather argue against a hundred idiots, than have one agree with me.
One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.
Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners.
The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery.
If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
Tidiness is a virtue, symmetry is often a constituent of beauty.
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.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime ministers have never yet been invested.
Decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.
Remember the story of the Spanish prisoner. For many years he was confined in a dungeon... One day it occurred to him to push the door of his cell. It was open; and it had never been locked.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Success is often nothing more than moving from one failure to another with undiminished enthusiasm.
By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
Courage is the ability to go from failure to failure with enthusiasm.
Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.
A nation that fails to honor its heroes, soon will have no heroes to honor.
Your greatest fears are created by your imagination. Don't give in to them.
We must be very careful not to assign this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash.
You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.
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.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.