One of the best and most iconic leaders in human history, Winston Churchill is an epitome of what dedication and perseverance, as well as a healthy and necessary dose of stubbornness, can help you achieve in life. He was never the one to be dismayed nor discouraged by failure, despite of numerous disappointments both in his personal and professional life. Churchill bravely overcame all of them and became the leader of the United Kingdom in its darkest days during the German blitzkrieg through Western Europe in 1940. For him, this was just another obstacle to be tackled with courage and persistence, and in turn overcome with the utmost dedication and hard work, which served as a motivation for the people not only in Britain at those dark WWII years, but throughout the rest of the world.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born in his family’s ancestral home, Blenheim Place, located in Oxfordshire, England, on November 30, 1874. His family was wealthy and of the aristocratic class. Growing up, young Winston attended Harrow School and then the Royal Military College in Sandhurst. During his long life of 90 years, he was a politician, army officer, and writer.
His most important career role was as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1940 and 1945. He served another term, from 1951 to 1955. Churchill lead the Conservative Party from 1940 until 1955, but was also a part of the Liberal Party from 1904 to 1924. Regarding his ideologies, he was an economic liberal and an imperialist.
When it comes to success outside of politics, Churchill won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” He was also nominated in 1946, 1948, 1949, and 1950.
From 1908 until his death, he was married to Clementine Hozier, with whom he had five children, Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold, and Mary. Winston Churchill passed away in Kensington, London, on January 24, 1965.
What is he the most famous for today, other than his great political success and an iconic hat, suit and stick look, complemented with a large cigar? Some believe that due to his life mishaps and challenges, Winston Churchill developed quite a unique sense of humor, which when paired with his quick wits, delivered some of the most memorable quotes in history. Many of his quotes are famous around the world, and of course, still, hold value today. It could also be said they are some of the words to live to buy, and whoever chooses to follow his advice will surely have a prosperous life. Following is a list of his most popular quotes.
1. I like things to happen, and if they do not happen, I like to make them happen.
2. You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.
3. I have in my life concentrated more on self-expression than self-denial.
4. You never can tell whether bad luck may not, after all, turn out to be good luck.
5. The true guide of life is to do what is right.
6. You must look at facts because they look at you.
7. It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
8. The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
9. To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.
10. Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.