Winston Churchill · Government Quotes
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.' We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. 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, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
Speech in the House of Commons, after taking office as Prime Minister (13 May 1940).
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticise or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
You might however consider whether you should not unfold as a background the great privilege of habeas corpus and trial by jury, which are the supreme protection invented by the English people for ordinary individuals against the state. The power of the Executive to cast a man in prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government, whether Nazi or Communist.
In a telegram by Churchill from Cairo, Egypt to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison (1943-11-21).
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British politician; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
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The Second World War, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm
Hitler and His Choice
The Second World War, Vol. III: The Grand Alliance
Mr. Churchill's Reply
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
How to Win Friends and Influence People
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
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