My mind is my shelter


“You create your own universe as you go along.”

Winston Churchill_A Flat Calm on a High-Prowed Boat,

Winston Churchill

“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”

“You create your own universe as you go along.”

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

“Good and great are seldom in the same man. ”

“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”

“Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.”

„Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.”

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill, Terrace at Trent Park

Winston Churchill

“Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.”

“When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.”

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”

„A change is as good as a rest.”

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

“The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.”


Winston Churchill

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

“All of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.”

“The most important thing about education is appetite.”

“You’ll never find a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

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

“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.”

“The malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.”

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others. ”

“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”

“A man is about as big as the things that make him angry”

“There are men in the world who derive as stern an exaltation from the proximity of disaster and ruin, as others from success.”

Winston Churchill, Tapestries at Blenheim Palace

Winston Churchill

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

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

“A small lie needs a bodyguard of bigger lies to protect it.”

“I am a man of simple tastes easily satisfied with the best”

“I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself”

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

“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”

“Doubts can be swept away only by deeds.”

“Danger: if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”

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

“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”

Winston Churchill, Valley of the Ourika and Atlas Mountains

Winston Churchill

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

“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.”

“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.”

“Personally, I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill, Firth of Forth

Winston Churchill

“Don’t interrupt me while I’m interrupting.”

“You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.”

“The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

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

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

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

“We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”

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

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

Winston Churchill, Tower of Katoubia Mosque

Winston Churchill

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

“The most frightful of all spectacles is the strength of the civilization without its mercy.”

“In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.”

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. ”

“I never worry about action, but only about inaction.”

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

“A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.”

“There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.”

“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.”

“The maxim, “Nothing prevails but perfection,” may be spelled PARALYSIS.”

“Success always demands a greater effort.”

“No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.”

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

“He spoke with more eloquence than wisdom.”

Winston Churchill, Beach at Walmer

Winston Churchill

“If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.”

“It is always more easy to discover and proclaim general principles than to apply them.”

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened”

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”

“We build dwellings and thereafter they build us.”

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”

“There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.”

“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”

“As one’s fortunes are reduced, one spirit must expand to fill the void.”

Winston_Churchill_1874_-_1965_Q113382Sir Winston Churchill

Paintings by Sir Winston Churchill




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