Winston Churchill; on legacy, life and perseverance.

imagesWinston Churchill lived greatness because he understood the power of the moment.  I pray that he inspires you to understand and live with great awe for the moment.

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
“Never, never, never give in!”

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

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”
“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope”

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”
Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself, believe.”
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

“History is written by the victors.”

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

We are still masters of our fate.
We are still captains of our souls.”

“There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.”

“You create your own universe as you go along.”

“You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. She was meant to be wooed and won by youth.”

“All of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind.”

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”

“Doubts [can] be swept away only by deeds.”

“Success always demands a greater effort.”


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