Bit hard to find a category to place Winston. He was involved in most of them. I have started off with a list of "Churchillisms" which always make me laugh and wish that I could have been right there when he spoke them. "A joke is a very serious thing." "Without victory there is no survival!" "Never give in. Never. Never. Never. Never." "Give us the tools and we will finish the job." "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." "No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism." "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind." "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." "Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all." "I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me." "Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed." "There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result." "It's a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations." "The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes." "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." "The farther backwards you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." "Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which we will not put." "Don't talk to me about Naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash." "In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill." "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." "There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies." "True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous and conflicting information." "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." "It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time" "My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked." "If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce." "I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place." "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others." "If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future." "Danger - if you meet it promptly and without flinching - you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!" "Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl - no superior alternative has yet been found." "The Americans will always do the right thing... after they've exhausted all the alternatives." "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." "MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts." "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." "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 reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning." "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.' " "Vast and fearsome as the human scene has become, personal contact of the right people, in the right places, at the right time, may yet have a potent and valuable part to play in the cause of peace which is in our hearts." "Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the 'worst' form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time." "I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic." ".... You ask, What is our policy? I will say; "It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy." You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory - victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival." "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the 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 in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While campaigning in 1900, young Churchill was approached by a man who exclaimed to him: 'Vote for you? Why, I'd rather vote for the Devil!'. 'I understand' said Churchill. 'But in case your friend is not running, may I count on your support?' Several months after Chamberlain returned from Munich, waving his famous piece of paper, in 1938, during a debate on Palestine, Malcolm MacDonald, was speaking whimsically about the land itself: 'Bethlehem, where the prince of peace was born...' he intoned, only to be interrupted by Churchill's voice: '"Bethlehem"? I thought Neville was born in Birmingham.' Churchill on Clement Atlee: ' A sheep in sheep's clothing.' Churchill on US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles: 'Dull, Duller, Dulles.' Churchill on the code breakers of Bletchley Park: 'They were the geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled.' An exchange of Telegrams between Churchill and George Bernard Shaw: Shaw: 'Two tickets reserved for you, first night Pygmalion. Bring a friend, if you have one. Churchill: 'Cannot make first night. Will come to second night. If you have one.' Churchill proposing a toast to the Soviet leader at the Yalta conference in 1945: 'To Premier Stalin, whose foreign policy manifests a desire for peace.' Then in a whispered aside out of the interpreter's hearing: 'A piece of Poland, a piece of Hungary, a piece of Romania...' Nancy Astor to Churchill during one of their many arguments "If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee.' Churchill: Nancy, if you were my wife I would drink it.' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When asked to name the chief qualification a politician should have. "It's the ability to foretell what will happen tomorrow, next month, and next year --- and to explain afterward why it didn't happen." All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope. If you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time--a tremendous whack. If you're going through hell, keep going. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. For myself, I am an optimist--it does not seem to be much use being anything else. When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite. Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. I am always ready to learn, but I do not always like being taught. It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look farther than you can see. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened. He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whiskey. By diligent effort, I learned to like it. When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber. 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. Kites rise highest against the wind -- not with it. Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.