Quotes from the Man and photos of the Mutt. Inspired by Langworth's, Churchill By Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations.

Rewards



As long as the job is done, it does not matter much who gets the credit. W.C.

Joy

Let us treasure our joys but not bewail our sorrows. W.C.

(How to "let go"? Walk in Point Defiance Park in an autumn drizzle and laugh when your dog jumps into a pond knowing full well you have no towels in your car.)


Ego



Of course I'm an egoist. Where do you get if you aren't? W.C.

Planning



Ah! Yes! I know: town planning - densities, broad vistas, open spaces. Give me the romance of the 18th-century alley, with its dark corners, where footpads lurk. W.C.

Certainty


As the man whose mother-in-law had died in Brazil replied, when asked how the remains should be disposed of, "Embalm, cremate, and bury. Take no risks!" W.C.

Revenge


Revenge is, of all satisfactions, the most costly and long drawn-out; retributive persecution is, of all policies, the most pernicious. W.C.

The Arts


Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due. W.C.

Health



I get my exercise serving as pall-bearer to my many friends who exercised all their lives. W.C.

Age


Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality! How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it! W.C.

Architecture


We shape our buildings, and afterwords our buildings shape us. W.C.

Nature


Nature will not be admired by proxy. W.C.

Perseverance


It is like going up a mountain. Each successive peak appears in turn the summit, and yet there is always another pinnacle beyond. W.C.

Libraries


Nothing makes a man more reverent than a library. W.C.

Fate



What a slender thread the greatest of things can hang by. W.C.

Mistakes



If we look back on our past life we shall see that one of its most unusual experiences is that we have been helped by our mistakes . . . W.C.

Necessity


It is no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. W.C.

Brevity



Clarity and cogency can be reconciled with a greater brevity . . . it is slothful not to compress your thoughts. W.C.

Enemies


You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something in your life. W.C.

Ugly


Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what's more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly. W.C. after being told he was "disgustingly drunk."

Reading




If you cannot read all your books... fondle them - peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances. W.C.

Contrast


The glory of light cannot exist without its shadows. W.C.

Despair



It is a crime to despair. We must learn to draw from misfortune the means of future strength. W.C.

Criticism



Criticism in the body politic is like pain in the human body. It is not pleasant, but where would the body be without it? W.C.