Inimitable Churchill

by Dorothea

Killer Quotes from Winston, sometimes witty, often solemn, always true…


As we commemorated the funeral of Winston Churchill last week I want to follow WWII per year with his quotes.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”

cecil-beaton-london-bomb-victim-c-1940Photograph of Air raid victim by Cecil Beaton

In 1940 as Prime Minister, Churchill in a speech refers to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force pilots who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle with the German Luftwaffe with Britain expecting a German invasion.


” 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.”

Nash,_Totes_Meer“Dead Sea” 1941 by Paul Nash, a British surrealist painter and war artist


“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”

Tuskegee-AirmenTuskegee Airmen, first African American military pilots, 1942


“The price of greatness is responsibility”

Self_Portrait_with_Jewish_Identity_Card_-Felix_Nussbaum_-_1943Felix Nussbaum “Self Portrait with Jewish Identity Card” 1943


“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”

Mondriaan“Victory Boogie-Woogie” is the last, unfinished, painting by Piet Mondriaan, 1944


Winston Churchill led Britain as Prime Minister until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”

ChagallMarc Chagall “Apocalypse in Lilac, Capriccio”, 1945

“In War: Resolution,
In Defeat: Defiance,
In Victory: Magnaminity
In Peace: Good Will.”