Winston Churchills beste Sager
Zum Zitieren empfohlen, wobei für manche der Zitate beide, Redner und Audienz, abgesehen von der passenden Gelegenheit beides brauchen: Humor und Mut.
Churchill über die Wahrheit
"A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on."
"Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing happened."
Churchill über den Tod
"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter."
Churchill über Demokratie
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
Churchill über Politiker
"Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains."
Churchill über Pedanterie
Having read a civil servant's memo decrying the habit of ending sentences with prepositions, Churchill followed the instructions to the letter. In the margin he scrawled:
"This is the kind of tedious nonsense up with which I will not put!"
Churchill über Amerikaner
"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they've tried everything else."
Churchill über Worte
"We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out."
Churchill über Mut
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
"You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
Churchill über sein Vermächtnis
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
Churchill über das Trinken
The precise wording of the quotation varies, but when told that he was drunk, Churchill is supposed to have replied:
"I am drunk today, madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober, but you will still be ugly."
When Lady Astor said to him, "If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee!" Churchill is supposed to have replied:
"If I were married to you, I'd drink it." But according to the Churchill Centre that quotation is apocryphal.
Churchill über Brüste
While being served a cold chicken lunch in America, Churchill asked the hostess:
"May I have some breast?"
"Mr Churchill," she replied, "In this country we ask for white meat or dark meat."
The next day Churchill had an orchid delivered to her, along with the message:
"I would be obliged if you would pin this on your white meat."
Churchill, als er gerade gestört wurde
When told that the Lord Privy had come to see him while on the toilet:
"Tell the Lord Privy Seal that I am sealed in the privy and can only deal with one s*** at a time."