Known for leading Britain to victory in WWII against Hitler and the Nazi, Winston Churchill was a military leader, politician, and writer who became Prime Minister of United Kingdom for two separate seasons.
Born on 30th November 1874 in Oxfordshire, England, Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was one of two sons of British Statesman, Lord Randolph Churchill. At a young age, Churchill spoke with a lisp and a stammer and had no visible leadership quality. He was considered rebellious and had an inconsistent academic record. As he grew up, he developed interest in military and politics to a point of being named as one who devoted himself for his entire adult life to professional politics. From his mid-twenties till a few months before his death, Churchill led an active political life. He died on 24th January 1965 after a severe stroke.
With the persistence of his father to have him prepared for a career in military, Churchill had to preserver three tries before passing his exams at the British Royal Military College. He served as an army man and later as a war correspondent for a conservative daily newspaper.
As a politician, he served in various positions starting as a member of parliament in the Conservative Party to the point of being the Prime Minister. However, in between his political career he diverted to the Liberal Party for 20 years and became a prominent member before returning to his original party.
Besides politics and military, Churchill was a seasoned writer who won many awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. He wrote a novel, three volumes of memoirs and lots of histories. Of the two biographies he wrote, one was on John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, his own ancestor.
He married Clementine Hozier and had 5 children; Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold and Mary.
Churchill’s hobbies included bricklaying and painting. He was taught to paint by an Anglo-French painter, Paul Maze who became his friend and painting companion. By the time of his death, he had to his name 500 attractive artworks of idealized landscape. Some of those were reproduced on greeting cards while the originals were sent to various museums.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill
The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill
You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success. Winston Churchill
To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real. Winston Churchill
One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather. Winston Churchill
You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to throw a stone at every dog that barks. Winston Churchill
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often. Winston Churchill
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill