Monday, February 20, 2012

Winston Churchill: Pivotal Statesman

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was a British politician, best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He was Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

Here are 15 select quotes which reveal several of his incisive perspectives and wit:

-A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

-Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

-History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

-Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

-He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

-When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

-You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

-Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.

Selected by quoteflections.

-Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

-We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow worm.

-The price of greatness is responsibility.

-All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

-To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

-Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

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

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