Leadership Shorts: Winston Churchill

Posted: March 31, 2011 in Change Leadership, Leadership, Winston Churchill
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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.

If the present criticizes the past there is little hope for the future.

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

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to persuade my wife to marry me.


A joke is a very serious thing.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.


A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain 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.

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.


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