More than half a century ago, Winston Churchill died at the age of 90, but he left behind an extraordinary legacy. Many will mark the anniversary of his death Sunday by sharing quotes from the former British prime minister, who was known as a pragmatist and orator.
Churchill had a long history in politics that began when he was elected to Parliament at the age of 26. He resigned during World War I but was later appointed to prime minister at the start of World War II.
Often still invoked in speeches by world leaders, Churchill was considered among the greatest speakers in history. Here are some quotes to remember the former prime minister:
1. “To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.”
2. “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”
3. “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
4. “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.”
5. “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.”
6. “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”
7. “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
8. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.”
9. “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
10. "If you're going through hell, keep going."