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winston churchill quotes

1. The more knowledge we possess of the opposite point of view the less puzzling it is to know what to do.

2. You cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing.

3. When the cliche' "familiarity breeds contempt" was used in an argument against him, he thundered, "I would like to remind you that without a degree of familiarity we could not breed anything."

4. Never good with math, he called it, "the dismal bog of sums." (I love that.) As the Chancellor of the Exchequer, he nearly brought financial disaster on England, making one bad decision after another. Out of that position he said, "Everyone said I was the worst Chancellor of the Exchequer that ever was and now I am inclined to agree with them."

5. We are worms but I intend to be a glowworm.

6. When corrected for using a preposition at the end of a sentence he said, "This is the sort of English up with which I will not put."

7. His nanny, whom he loved much, was very religious and trained him in Bible. In a math lesson he grew so frustrated that his recourse was to threaten to "bow down and worship graven images." (I think that is so clever and cute. Clearly his spunk and creativity was evident very early in life.)

8. Regarding a colleague, he quipped, "He is not in complete harmony with the normal."

9. Regarding a fellow Parliament member he said, "He has many good qualities, some of which lie hidden, and he has many bad qualities, all of which are in the shop window."

10. Following his humiliating defeat after the war, when asked to tour the country and let the people honor him he replied, "I refuse to be exhibited like a prize bull whose chief attraction is his past prowess."

11. After defeat, his wife consoled saying it was perhaps a blessing. He replied, "If it's a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised."

12. Nancy Astor and he had an ongoing strained relationship. Once she said, "If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee." Churchill responded, "Nancy, if I were your husband, I would drink it."

13. When asked if Niagara Falls looked the same as the last time he'd seen it, he was perturbed with the question and answered, "Well the principle seems the same. The water still keeps falling over."
 

Comments

very enjoyable, Val. thanks!(Accidental Poet)

i never knew Winston Churchill was so funny. some of these quotes are really hilarious :)

Anonymous

i think he's a hoot! v

Anonymous

My favorite is the preposition one.

Anonymous

I love these! I laughed out loud at several. I believe my favorite was also the preposition one. However, I liked the one about bowing down to graven images too. It ran a close 2nd. The familiarity thing was good too. They are all good. The man was a total hoot!Mom

Anonymous

I like the glowworm one myself.

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