When Churchill became Prime Minister in May 1940 he was aware of the importance of oratory in inspiring a nation at war. ... Churchill used emotive language, metaphor and powerful imagery, delivering his speeches with such authority that they strengthened the nation's resolve during the darkest of days.
“Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” —1898
“The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.” —1905
“Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.” —1909
“You cannot cure cancer by a majority.” —1946
“The English never draw a line without blurring it.” —1948
“If you destroy a free market you create a black market.” —1949
“Envisage—an unpleasant and overworked word.” —1953
“I never take pleasure in human woe.” —1953
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
In the half century since he died, there can be no contemporary British figure whose story has been so scrutinized as Churchill’s. Of course he has his critics, and sometimes with good reason. He could be stubborn and impetuous, driven by ego, and sometimes unsympathetic to the plight of others.There emerges a figure who is nothing if not complex, combining extraordinary strengths and attributes with humbling weaknesses. For a man who had so many distinct phases to his life, it is hard to pin down exactly who the real Churchill was.