25 Winston Churchill Quotes That Will Inspire You — And 6 That Will Shock You

Published May 10, 2016
Updated September 1, 2021

These Winston Churchill quotes will dazzle you with their wit and shock you with their hate. You only thought you knew this man.

“If you have an important point to make,” Winston Churchill once said, “don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.”

Well, Churchill had the rare ability to do both, delivering everything from historic pronouncements to pithy maxims with both pile driver strength and playful wit.

While serving as prime minister and leading Britain through World War II, Churchill exercised those verbal gifts like few other statesmen in history, inspiring a nation and the world beyond its borders for decades to come.

At the same time, his heroic legacy and cuddly bowler-and-bowtie image conceal a dark side that informs some of his harshest words.

You’ll find both — the light side and the dark — in the fascinating, era-defining, and ultimately surprising collection of Winston Churchill quotes below:

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