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All this contains much that is obviously true, and much that is relevant; unfortunately, what is obviously true is not relevant , and what is relevant is not obviously true. This is not by Churchill, but a paraphrase of Churchill quoting Arthur James Balfour in Great Contemporaries : 'there were some things that were true, and some things that were trite; but what was true was trite, and what was not trite was not true'. You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.

Variant: We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Extensive research of writings by and about Churchill at the Churchill Centre fails to indicate that Churchill ever spoke or wrote those words. Some sites list Norman MacEwen as the originator of the quote.

The further backward you look, the further forward you can see. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. The attribution of the mistaken form of the quote to Churchill dates from at least Don't talk to me about naval tradition.

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It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash. According to Churchill's assistant, Anthony Montague-Browne, Churchill had not coined this phrase, but wished he had. Film producer Alexander Korda asked Churchill in if he had made the remark, he replied No, I didn't say it; but I'm sorry I didn't, because it was quite witty … and so true!

Quoted in Nigel Rees , Sayings of the Century p. People often forget that in there was no guarantee that we were going to win. This quote is actually from Churchill's daughter, Lady Soames. This military aphorism has been attributed to both von Moltke and Clausewitz , as well as Churchill. Eisenhower : I tell this story to illustrate the truth of the statement I heard long ago in the Army: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. There is a very great distinction because when you are planning for an emergency you must start with this one thing: the very definition of 'emergency' is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning.

Jacks link. Human society is not a constructed thing but a human organization We are adopting a false method of reform when we begin by operations that weaken society, either morally or materially, by lower its vitality, by plunging it into gloom and despair about itself, by inducing the atmosphere of the sick-room, and then when its courage and resources are at a low ebb, expecting it to perform some mighty feat of self-reformation Social despair or bitterness does not get us anywhere Low spirits are an intellectual luxury. An optimist is one who sees an opportunity in every difficulty. A pessimist is one who sees a difficulty in every opportunity The conquest of great difficulties is the glory of human nature.

Jacks, quoted in American character, by Brander Matthews, You have enemies? Often attributed to Churchill, this thought was originally expressed by the French author Victor Hugo in Villemain , as follows: You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.

It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Do not bother yourself about it; disdain. Keep your mind serene as you keep your life clear. The original French versions of these journals were published after Hugo's death.

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I only believe in statistics that I doctored myself. This slanderous remark was attributed to Churchill, possibly by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels to depict him as a liar. Sometimes attributed to Winston Churchill, it is in fact a slight misquote of "A joke's a very serious thing" from the poem "The Ghost" by Charles Churchill.

The idea that a nation can tax itself into prosperity is one of the cruelest delusions which has befuddled the human mind. Boller, Jr. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. It actually derives from an advertising campaign for Budweiser beer in the late s.

Churchill : If I were your husband I'd drink it. Dates to , American humor origin, originally featuring a woman upset by a man's cigar smoking. Cigar often removed in later versions, coffee added in Wilder and De Wolf Hopper.


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