The Book of Winston Churchill


(1874 – 1965)

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma., but perhaps there is a key. The key is Russian national interest
Broadcast talk, 1 October 1939 

I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government, ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat’.
House of Commons, 13 May, 1940

We shall go onto the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, 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 on the fields and on the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
4 June, 1940 

I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war…. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will say, “this was their finest hour.”
House of Commons, 18 June, 1940 

The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger are turning the tide of the World War, by the prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
House of Commons, 20 August, 1940

Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
Radio broadcast, 9 February, 1941. (Addressing President Roosevelt) 

When I warned them [the French Government] that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their Generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet: ‘In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken’.
Some chicken! Some neck!
To the Canadian Parliament, 30 December 1941 

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
21 March, 1943 

God bless you all. This is your victory! It is the victory of the cause of freedom in every land. In all our long history we have never seen a greater day than all of this. Everyone, man or woman, has done their best. Everyone has tried. Neither the long years, nor the dangers, nor the fierce attacks of the enemy, have in any way weakened the independent resolve of the British nation. God bless you all.
On the Defeat of Germany, 8 May 1945 

To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war.
Washington, 26 June, 1954 

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in some cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. Athens alone — Greece with its immortal glories — is free to decide its future at an election under British, American and French observation.
Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri on March 5, 1946

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others. 
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In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.
The Second World War, Vol.1: The Gathering Storm.