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Born: 1874-11-30
Died: 1965-01-24

Sir Winston Churchill Biography

.... You ask, What is our policy? I will 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 with one word: 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.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal.
- Winston Churchill
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A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.
- Sir Winston Churchill
More quotations on: [ Political ]
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Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes?
- Winston Churchill
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Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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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.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
- Winston Churchill
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Fanatic. One who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
- Winston Churchill
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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.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill- designed for the purpose.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt... We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill
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I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
- Winston Churchill
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I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill
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I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.'
- Sir Winston Churchill
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I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill
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I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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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.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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If heaven is going to be full of people like Hardie, well, the Almighty can have them to himself.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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If you are going through hell, keep going.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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If you are not a liberal at twenty, you have no heart. If you are not a conservative at forty, you have no brain.
- Winston Churchhill
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If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
- Winston Churchill
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Immature love says, I love you because I need you, mature love says, I need you because I love you.
- Winston Churchill
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In my belief, you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing.
- Winston Churchill
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In those days he was wiser than he is now--he used frequently to take my advice.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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It helps to write down half a dozen things which are worrying me. Two of them, say, disappear; about two, nothing can be done, so itís no use worrying, and two perhaps can be settled.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice is making losses.
- Winston Churchill
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It is better to be making the news than taking it to be an actor rather than a critic.
- Winston Churchill
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It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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It might be said that Lord Rosebery outlived his future by ten years and his past by more than twenty.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Kites rise highest against the wind---not with it.
- Winston Churchill
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MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on.
- Winston Churchill
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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 others that have been tried from time to time.
- Winston Churchill
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Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Sir Winston Churchill
More quotations on: [ Truth ]
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Mr Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
- Winston Churchill
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My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
- Winston Churchill
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Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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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.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
- Winston Churchill
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Statistics are like a drunk with a lampost: used more for support than illumination.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Success is never final.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill
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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill
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The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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The heights of great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upwards in the night.
- Winston Churchill
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The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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The maxim of the British people is 'Business as Usual.'
- Winston Churchill
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The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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The substance of the eminent Socialist gentleman's speech is that making a profit is a sin, but it is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss.
- Winston Churchill
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The truth is so precious that she must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies.
- Winston Churchill
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There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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There but for the grace of God goes God.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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This report, by its very length, defends itself against being read.
- Winston Churchill
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To be conservative at 20 is heartless and to be a liberal at 60 is plain idiocy.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Too often the strong silent man is silent because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
- Winston Churchill
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Virtuous motives, trammeled by inertia and timidity, are no match for armed and resolute wickedness. A sincere love of peace is no excuse for muddling hundreds of millions of humble folk into total war. The cheers of the weak, well-meaning assemblies soon cease to count. Doom marches on.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.
- Winston Churchill
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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill
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We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
- Winston Churchill
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We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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We shape our buildings and they shape us.
- Winston Churchill
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We will have no truce or parlay with you Hitler, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst -- and we will do our best.
- Winston Churchill
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What kind of people do they think we are, do they think we will be bowed by their tryanny?
- Winston Churchill
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When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.
- Winston Churchill
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When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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When you get a thing the way you want it, leave it alone.
- Winston Churchill
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When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on.
- Winston Churchill
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When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Who will relieve me of this Wuthering Height
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Why you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman, and th most audacious soldier, put them at a table together-and what do you get? The sum of their fears.
- Winston Churchill
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You will make all kinds of mistakes but as long as you are generous and true and fierce you cannot hurt the world, or even seriously distress her.
- Winston Churchill
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[He] looks at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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[On recognizing China] But if you recognize anyone it does not mean you like them. For instance, we all recognize the right honourable gentleman the member for Ebbw Vale.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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