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Winston Churchill English quotes_
05.12.2013, 17:59

It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.

Недостаточно того, что мы делаем, иногда мы должны делать то, что требуется.

It seems to me that the moment has come when the question of bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other pretexts, should be reviewed.


"Keep England White" is a good slogan.


Like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture.


Makes you proud to be British doesn't it?

Вы гордитесь тем, что вы британец, не так ли?

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 other forms that have been tried from time to time.


Meeting Roosevelt was like uncorking your first bottle of champagne.


Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.


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.


Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.


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.


No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.


Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.


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

Теперь это не конец. Это даже не начало конца. Но это, возможно, конец начала.

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'.

Однажды президент Рузвельт сказал мне, что он публично просит предложения о том, как следует называть войну. Я сразу ответил - "Ненужная война".

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.


Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.


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.


Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Успех - это способность идти от одной неудачи к другой без потери энтузиазма.

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.

Британцы — единственный народ на свете, который любит, когда им говорят, что дела обстоят хуже некуда.

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Присущая сила капитализма - несправедливое распределение благ. Присущая сила социализма - равное распределения бедствия.

The price of greatness is responsibility.


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.


The Russians will sweep through your country and your people will be liquidated. You are on the verge of annihiliation.


There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.

Много ужасной лжи собирается по всему миру, и хуже всего то, что половина из неё верна.

This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.


To achieve the extirpation of Nazi tyranny there are no lengths of violence to which we will not go.


To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

Чтобы построить, возможно, понадобится медленная и трудоемкая задача долгих лет. Чтобы уничтожить, достаточно бездумного акта за один день.

We are all worms. But I do believe I am a glow-worm.

We are all worms. But I do believe I am a glow-worm.

We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes.

Мы все черви. Но я считаю, что я светлячка.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.


We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job.


We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.

Мы должны проявлять милосердие, но мы не будем и просить об этом.

We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.

Мы формируем наши здания, а потом наши здания формируют нас.

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.

Я никогда не критикую правительство своей страны, находясь за границей, но с лихвой возмещаю это по возвращении.

When I was younger I made it a rule never to take strong drink before lunch. It is now my rule never to do so before breakfast.

В молодости я взял себе за правило не пить ни капли спиртного до обеда. Теперь, когда я уже немолод, я держусь правила не пить ни капли спиртного до завтрака.

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

Когда орлы молчат, то болтать начинают попугаи.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.


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