Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice.
First from 1940 to 1945 and another from 1951 to 1955. But more than being a public servant as he was also as an officer of the British Army, Churchill was a man art and passion.
He was a writer, and artist, and a non-academic historian.
Coming from a family of highly successful people, many say it was in the blood of Winston Churchill to succeed as well. This can be true, but a stronger fact is that Churchill explored his potentials and gained success through his hard work.
He started as an army officer and after many years, Churchill became famous as a war correspondent. He then explored a totally different field and started writing books about his campaigns.
Churchill’s passion for politics was never a hindrance for him to expand his experiences in various fields. For him, the only important thing is being able to do what he loves and collecting learnings through the process of creating.
After he resigned as the First Lord of the Admiralty back in 1915, Churchill began painting. Going back and forth with arts and public service, we can say this man has mastered a lot about balance and success.
Churchill coined a number of famous sayings in his time. Below we’ve chronicled the top Winston Churchill quotes.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. ~ Winston Churchill
Difficulties are often seen as obstacle in life. Something we need to avoid aa much as possible. But if you keep focusing on trying to avoid difficulties, you’ll exhaust yourself. Instead, just know that there are learning and opportunities and all difficulties, in all obstacles. Know that it’s not a full-on bad thing. Master the art of finding these lessons and playing with these unexpected opportunities. It’s not going to happen overnight but it’s worth it.
If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill
We all hate going through hell. Many people whine every single day because they’re going through hell. But here’s a secret: the more you whine about it, the longer you’ll stay in it. Sure, it’s okay to mope about the heaviness of this world. You owe it to yourself to feel. But after the moping, pick yourself up and move forward. Keep walking and the next thing you’ll know you have past the hellish times.
Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it. ~ Winston Churchill
There’s nothing wrong with choosing a path most people choose. Everybody in the family is a doctor? Go ahead and follow their footsteps! However, there is something special with going against it. Theirs is something special with walking a path nobody takes, or choosing a career nobody in your family ever thought of choosing. Sometimes, this is where you bloom. And this blooming will stick with you for long if you trust yourself that you can do it.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~ Winston Churchill
Many people say those who know how to hustle will surely succeed, and they’re probably right. But hustling is just one part of it. Another bigger and more important part has something to do with courage. It matters that you know when to speak up and when to stay silent even when what you really want to do is the opposite. And you have to acknowledge that neither of those two are easy, but doing it is a must.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill
Don’t see mistakes as sign of failure. And don’t see failure as the dead end of your dreams. These two are just part of the trial and error process, something we all have to go through. Instead of sitting and dwelling on failures, gain enough courage to keep pushing forward. One failure may be followed by another failure, or sometimes, it may be followed by success. But until decide to continue, until you decide to keep going, you’ll never know.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~ Winston Churchill
There’s no such thing as perfection overnight. Even if you’re tried multiple plans to achieve one goal, there’s no assurance that you can achieve it, or that you’ll find the perfect plan to achieve it. Change is just as important as the willpower to work your way through your goals. Allow yourself to improve by accepting change more and more each day, until you arrive to the day perfection knocks on your door. It will take a long while, but it will happen.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~ Winston Churchill
A story has many angles. It’s not just the bright side and the dark side, there are many other sides to it. But all the other sides don’t matter. What only matters is how you see the story, how you accept it and how you react to it. So, how would you want to see success? How would you want to see failure? What are your plans to approach each? If you know how to approach them, you’ll be fine.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill
Many people think life is all about getting, getting, and getting some more. They think we’re alive because we have things we want to work on and goals we need to achieve, which is correct. But more than that, life is also about giving. Living fully is all about knowing your goals, how to work your way to them, and knowing how much you’re willing to give for the benefit of those around you. giving matters just like getting; balance the two.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill
Failing over and over again can be tiring. But in order to succeed, you should always have the fire in you burning hot. Allow yourself to pause and rest and breathe. But don’t even think about stopping. The only thing that will refrain you from succeeding is quitting. So keep pushing forward and plow into all the failures that will be in the way. Feel free to look back but never step back. fall in love with this process and you’ll definitely succeed.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~ Winston Churchill
There’s no single person with the perfect attitude. What makes us different from one another is that some people check in with their attitude every now and then, others just don’t care. Don’t be one of the latter. Don’t allow your attitude to affect the success in your life. Negative attitude can pull us down. Don’t allow that to happen. You won’t lose anything if you will pause once in a while. Self-check. See if you’re still treating others right.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. ~ Winston Churchill
Most of us are taught to refrain from having enemies. And this is okay if we’re still kids. But growing up, you can’t avoid to have enemies especially if you’re brave enough to stand up for something you believe in. So don’t fret if you have enemies. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It means you have the guts to stand for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone. Acknowledge this and stay grounded.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. ~ Winston Churchill
There is beauty and magic in solitary. There is music even in tranquillity. But it takes a strong man to discover these. Paving a unique path for yourself and walking it alone isn’t really so bad. Planting yourself in a field no one dares to step on doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that you’re strong enough to dare to do so. This is a characteristic not all successful people have, but those who do have this are more prepared for the stormy days.
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. ~ Winston Churchill
Never forget that you have endless potential. But apart from remembering this, it’s also important to keep in mind that such potential don’t just come out of you. sometimes, they’re lurking deep inside and you need to dig them out. Never stop digging. Never stop becoming friends with them until they feel confident to reveal themselves. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room to know you have potential. You just have to be the one who doesn’t stop trying.
I never worry about action, but only inaction. ~ Winston Churchill
There’s a fine line between having the need to do something and the need to not do anything. But more often than not, the need to act is always prevalent. No matter how awful your day is or no matter how bad life is, as long as you do something about it, things will change in time. but if you decide to sit and wait for the winds to change, you’ll be waiting for your life. Inaction kills success.
Everyone has his own day and some days last longer than the others. ~ Winston Churchill
Most people charge good things to luck, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you want bigger lucks, or longer days where everything’s going well. You have to work for it. There’s no such thing as a whole year of good days. But there are countless things you can do to combat the bad days and make the good ones last long. And then you won’t have to wait for luck. You know you can take control of thing and you know you can manage the things you can’t control. This is unique characteristic successful people have in common.
It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. ~ Winston Churchill
When we were kinds, we’re always taught to be honest. To say the right thing. Back then, when the issue is only about who ate all the cereal, being honest and saying the right thing is easy. Adulthood is different. Something, honesty isn’t on the same side as what it right. And in order to succeed, you’ll need to know which rules you can bend. You need know when being right is more important than honesty and vice versa.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. ~ Winston Churchill
We all have the choice on what to focus on. We can focus on our crazy ideas which can be beneficial or we can focus on doing the same thing over and over again for at least 20 years. There’s no handbook in living life to the fullest, but there are tips and tricks. As long as you give your mind the freedom to think and imagine, you’ll be okay. And when you give your body the freedom to play with your thoughts and ideas, your future will be bright.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. ~ Winston Churchill
You can take this quote literally or metaphorically, either way, it remains the same. It’s a sad fact that lies tend to be passed around so quickly than truth. People love sharing everything they hear, gossiping about things, even when they haven’t gotten their facts straight just yet. This is human nature. What makes it ugly is when despite realizing this, we still choose to fire up lies like rockets than to give truth a shine to travel at a faster pace.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. ~ Winston Churchill
We are always told, even as adults, to always be careful with what we say, we might hurt others’ feelings. And more often than not, we tend to listen to this oldie but goodie advice. but there’s more to being careful with our words than about other people’s feelings. Because once we’ve said something, we cannot take them back. and we have to deal with whatever consequences it brings us. the unsaid words, however, remain inside and we get to control it. We are its master.
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong. ~ Winston Churchill
The thing about being responsible is that many people look up to you. they idolize you and think you’re the king of righteousness or something. Apparently, being responsible doesn’t always being right. Some people are responsible for doing the wrong things; they are responsible for hiding their true colors, which are dull colors. So sometimes, being right, even if it means doing something crazy and irresponsible is better. There are instances in life where irresponsibility leads to great things too.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game. ~ Winston Churchill
It is human nature to desire for winning. We all want the gold, shiny medal and the trophy. But winning all the games in life is far from easy, and it’s just impossible to win it all. Instead of focusing on first prize, why not focus on learning the game better. There is beauty in losing as there is in winning. But if you can’t see this, if the only thing you see is gold and shiny, you might as well be losing.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~ Winston Churchill
Teaching others and sharing what we learned is always a pleasure. But keep in mind that some lessons are best taught by experience. Sure, we give advice to others so they won’t repeat the same mistakes we did. But advice is not always enough for people to learn. Sometimes, you just have to allow others to do the exact same thing you did, knowing full well they will hurt themselves. Experience has a special way of teaching us some things we can’t find words for.
We shall show mercy but we shall not ask for it. ~ Winston Churchill
Life is full of interactions and exchanges. It gives us the freedom to whine and ask for things and give back. but you have to keep in mind that success is not always about exchanges. There are instances when you have to give something without thinking you’ll get something else in return. You don’t give love with the idea that you’ll also receive love, nor should you ask for it to be returned. This is simple how the world works. And the more you learn your way through this, the easier it’ll get.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see. ~ Winston Churchill
We are always told to keep moving forward. Keep walking, keep pushing. There is nothing wrong with this, but there is something wrong when we don’t look back. keep in mind that we won’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for out past experiences. So instead of focusing on moving forward, take some time off and look back. See how far you’ve gone and how much change happened. This will give you ample idea on how much further you can go and how much more you can do.
Never, never, never give up. ~ Winston Churchill
Giving up is an option because sometimes, we just have to. And giving up doesn’t mean we’re weak. If you chose to give up on things that are doing you harm, you’re being wise. If you chose on to give up on things you love but know won’t work well in your hands, you’re being wise. However, there are also things that you just have to hold tight onto. It can be tricky to decipher the difference, but just like other things, mastering this is a form of art. Cherish it.