Top 10 Winston Churchill quotes

The UK marked the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death last year – for some he is considered the greatest Briton ever, but for others he remains a controversial figure. Here are 10 of his famous quotes:

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

“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”

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

“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.”

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

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

“It is no use saying, ‘We are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

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


Some to see Winston’s Birthday to understand the man behind the war leader and learn about his beloved but dysfunctional family.