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Winston Churchill
British Conservative statesman and Prime Minister
(1874-1965)



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What is our policy? ... to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.
-- Speech to House of Commons on 13 May 1940

We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to 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 in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
-- Speech to House of Commons on 4 June 1940

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
-- Speech to House of Commons on 20 August 1940 about the sacrifices of the armed forces in the Battle of Britain

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.
-- Speech to the House of Commons on 11 November 1947

There is a precipice on either side of you -- a precipice of caution and a precipice of overdaring.
-- Quoted in: Vanity Fair, July 2013, Letters page (p. 28)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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