Soldier. Statesman. Artist. An honorary U.S. citizen.
World leader. Masterful speaker. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Principal figure in the Allied victory in World War II.
His words? nearly 50 years after his death.


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"You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror..."
  - Winston Churchill, 1940


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"Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." - Winston Churchill, 1898


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He has been quoted by Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, and Clinton. Churchill's speeches have even inspired some of Angelina Jolie's tattoos.

New York.

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The city of his mother's birth. His gateway to the United States. The first and last American city that Churchill visited. The host city for a new Churchill exhibition.
  • “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind”
  • “So they [the British Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent”
  • “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent”
  • “Give us the tools, and we will finish the job”
  • “Although always prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it should be postponed”
  • “We are confronted with the monstrosity of the Totalitarian State. All are to think alike. No one is to disagree.”
  • “Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory”
  • “For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself”
  • “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…”
  • “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result”
  • “It is no use doing what you like; you have got to like what you do”
  • “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter”
  • “We are all worms. But I do believe that I am a glow-worm”
  • “The future is unknowable, but the past should give us hope”
  • “There is only one thing worse than fighting with allies, and that is fighting without them”
  • “The wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings”
  • “I am 25 today. It is terrible to think how little time remains”
  • “Cultured people are merely the glittering scum which floats upon the deep river of production”
  • “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”
  • “By the way, I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way round, I might have got here on my own”
  • “If we win, nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care”
  • “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”
  • “…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”

Courtesy of Curtis Brown, London on behalf of the estate of Winston S. Churchill.
Video produced by the award-winning designers Martello Media as part of their concept
for the exhibition Churchill: The Power of Words.


Churchill: The Power of Words

an exhibition organized by:


Churchill Archives Centre Web site


The Morgan Web site