World War II

"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour." House of Commons, 1940

"I have never promised anything but blood, tears, toil and sweat. Now, however we have a new experience. We have a victory - a remarkable and definite victory. The bright gleam has caught the helmets of our soldiers and warmed and cheered all our hearts." 1942 after Britain drove German troops out of Egypt

"He sees with amazement that our defeats are but the stepping stones to victory and that all his victories are stepping stones to ruin. It was apparent to me that this bad man saw quite clearly the shadow of slowly and remorselessly approaching doom, and he railed at fortune for mocking him with the glitter of fleeting success." WWII, referring to Hitler

"We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us." Oct 28, 1944 during the rebuilding of the House of Commons, which had been bombed

"We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. And (as an aside to a colleague as the House rallied with cheers)...we will fight them with the butt end of broken bottles because that's...all we've got." House of Commons, 1941

"...We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job." Feb. 9, 1941 BBC Radio broadcast

"No more let us alter or falter or palter. From Malta to Yalta, and Yalta to Malta." January 1945 when the Big Three were meeting in Yalta

"You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war." 1938, after Prime Minister Chamberlain signed an agreement with Hitler

"A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril." Speech given November 29, 1944

"Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.

But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour!'"

"If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons."

"If I were the first of May, I should be ashamed of myself. " May 1, 1940

"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory - victory at all costs, victory in spite of terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival." First speech as Prime Minister, May 13, 1940

"If we could get out of this jam by giving up Malta and Gibraltar and some African colonies I would jump at it. But the only safe way is to convince Hitler that he cannot beat us." Downing Street, May 26, 1940

"We are really doing our very best. There are no doubt many mistakes and shortcomings. A lot of things are done none too well. Some things that ought to be done have not yet been done...[But Britain's effort has] justly commanded the wonder and admiration of every friendly nation in the world." September 17, 1940

"Far be it from me to paint a rosy picture of the future...But I should be failing in my duty if, on the other side, I were not to convey the true impression, that this great nation is getting into its war stride." January 22, 1941

"I have only one single purpose - the destruction of Hitler - and my life is much simplified thereby. If Hitler invaded Hell I would at least make a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons." Chequers, June 21, 1941

"I have not made any arrogant, confident, boasting predictions at all. On the contrary, I have stuck hard to my "blood, toil, tears and sweat," to which I have added muddle and mismanagement, and that, to some extend I must admit, is what you have got out of it." July 2, 1942

"My hope is that the generous instincts of unity will not depart from us...[so that we] become the prey of the little folk who exist in every country and who frolic alongside the Juggernaut car of war to see what fun or notoriety they can extract from the proceedings." February 22, 1944


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