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Wise words from Winston Churchill

"The characteristic of a great man is his power to leave a lasting impression on people he meets"

"Men will forgive a man anything except bad prose."

"Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all."

"Dogs look up to men, cats look down on them, but pigs treat us as equals."

"Good cognac is like a woman. Do not assault it. Coddle and warm it in your hands before you sip it."

"A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced, the imagination is agreeably stirred, the wits become more nimble. A bottle produces the contrary effect."

"In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill."

"Too often the strong silent man is silent because he doesn't know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent."

"It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic."

"Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than responsibel and wrong."

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."

"It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right."

"Art is to beauty what honour is to honesty."

"Without tradition art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse."

"Youth is for freedom and reform, maturity for judicious compromise, and old age for stability and repose."

"If the present tries to sit in judgement of the past it will lose the future."

"Diplomacy is the art of telling plain truths without giving offence."

"You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks."

"Virtuous motives, trammelled by inertia and timidity are no match for armed and resolute wickedness."

"The worst quarrels only arise when both sides are equally in the right and and in wrong."

"Criticism is easy; achievement is difficult."

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

"Never trust a man who has not a single redeeming vice."

"Sometimes truth is so precious it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies."

"Difficulties mastered are opportunities won."

"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite."

"Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future."

"When you are leaving for an unknown destination, it is a good plan to attach a restaurant car to the tail of the train."

"Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others."

"There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true."

"We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we are young. The young sow wild oats the old grow sage."

"War is mainly a catalogue of blunders."

"A nation that forgets its past has no future."

"Never stand so high upon a principle that you cannot lower it to suit the circumstances."

"It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see."