Winston Churchill: Leader of the comedic world.

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

“A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. ”

“Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.”

“Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.”

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. ”

“Eating words has never given me indigestion.”

“For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

“He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

“I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.”

“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.”

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

“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

“No crime is so great as daring to excel.”

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

And, to end, a quote that’s not funny but perhaps one of my favorite speeches ever.

{Edit}  Let me add a few things first.  I need to frame this quote in the events around it.  For one thing, France had just fallen to the Nazis.  Hitler now how almost complete control of Europe.  The USSR is still Germany’s BFF’s and America has no interest in jumping into the war.  The only country left to stand against Nazi Germany is Britain.  They are smaller, weaker and are basically going up against a superpower that has proven up to this point to be unstoppable.  There was no doubt that Germany was going to invade.  If England fell, America wouldn’t have a base to attack Europe from.  If England fell, the last democracy in Europe would have been erased from the map.   What was tiny Britain supposed to do against this Goliath?   It was almost certain, imposing doom.  But, in spite of all this, Winston Churchill stood up and said “No.”  He would not back down to evil and tyranny no matter what.  He would stand up against oppression regardless of what it would cost.  I’m sure he was frightened.  He was a smart man and had every reason to be frightened, but he chose to do the right thing over the safe thing.  Sometimes a cause is so important that it is worth dying for and he thought freedom was that cause.  Yes, he is a very funny man that liked to drink and smoke cigars, but he was also the right man at the right spot in history to stop the tide of evil that was washing over Europe.  Remember when I talked about Charles Martel being at a focal point in history?  Well, this is one of the biggest.  The balances could have easily gone one way or another and because of this one man, the balance tipped toward justice, virtue and peace.

“What General Weygand has called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. 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 the 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 last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.”


4 comments on “Winston Churchill: Leader of the comedic world.

  1. Shannon says:

    That last quote gave me chills. Brilliant. Beautiful. Beyond brave.

  2. Glenda says:

    Thanks for doing this one. Winston Churchill was an amazing, thought provoking, man. A man before his time, and above it all. Some to remember. Let us not forget him. Riveting.!

  3. leslie williams says:

    Funny quote about pigs seeing us as equals. Have you ever seen a pig run a canine agility course? First of all its hilarious and secondly, when the pig runs across the finish line you see inhis eyes that he realizes that he’s smarter that a human, because we’re the ones running after him!

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