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20 Inspiring Quotes from Winston Churchill

20 Inspiring Quotes from Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was loved and hated by many. He was an iconic leader who was known for his rebellious and stubborn nature. But it was these traits that saw him achieve a great deal with his life.

Churchill has much to teach us about courage, persistence and leadership. He pushed through years and years of failure to eventually hold office for an incredible 60 years. He was known for facing problems head-on and for ‘never ever giving up.’

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Churchill is referred to as one of the most influential people in British history, so why not learn from his successes and failures?

Here are 20 of my favorite Winston Churchill quotes. Read them slowly and take away a nugget of inspiration from the man who was known for his no nonsense approach to life.

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20 Inspiring Quotes from Winston Churchill:

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
    • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.”
    • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
    • “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
    History will be kind to me for I intend to rewrite it
      • “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”
      • “Never, never, never give up.”
      • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
      • “You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
      I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
        • “I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.”
        • “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”
        • “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
        • “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.”
        I have nothing to offer but blood
          • “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil tears and sweat.”
          • “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
          • “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
          • “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

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            • “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
            • “To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.”
            • “There is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
            • “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

            I need never worry about action
              • “I never worry about action, but only inaction.”

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              (Photo credit: Churchill Statue via Shutterstock)

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              Last Updated on December 3, 2019

              10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

              10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

              There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

              Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

              1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

              Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

              There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

              Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

              2. Pace Yourself

              Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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              Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

              Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

              3. You Can’t Please Everyone

              “I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

              You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

              Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

              4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

              Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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              We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

              Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

              5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

              “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

              No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

              We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

              6. It’s Not All About You

              You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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              It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

              7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

              No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

              We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

              Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

              8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

              That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

              Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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              Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

              9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

              Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

              The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

              10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

              We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

              When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

              Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

              This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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