Winston Churchill

Not always a popular figure during his lifetime, even his worst enemies could not deny Winston Churchill‘s ability to inspire and motivate.  Using simple language, he could, with wit and in very few words, cut through to the heart of the matter.  Here are just a few of our favourite quotations from the great man:

  • “A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. “

  • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. “
  • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. “

  • “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. “
  • “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. “

  • “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. “
  • “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. “

  • “I am easily satisfied with the very best. “
  • “I never worry about action, but only inaction. “

  • “If you are going through hell, keep going. “
  • “It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive. “

  • “It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. “
  • “Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it. “

  • “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. “
  • “Never, never, never give up. “

  • “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. “
  • “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. “

  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. “
  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. “

  • “Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. “
  • “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. “

  • “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. “

And our favourite

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