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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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              Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

              Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

              I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

              Research Background

              Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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              “I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

              This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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              It stimulates your memory

              When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

              It helps stay focused

              When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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              It helps you clarify your thoughts

              Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

              “It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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