Tag Archives: The King’s Speech

There are a lot of individuals I admire in the world, and it makes me think how much easier it is to revere those who are long dead and gone because death wipes your slate clean (and ensures you can’t tarnish it further).

Today I want to bring up some good old Churchill quotes. To any of you who saw ‘The King’s Speech’, one of the most disappointing parts for me was the lack of development of Churchill as a character (how is that even possible?) Don’t let that be interpreted as a critique of the film. I have to say I thought it was brilliant overall.

But there’s something to be said for the man who for all his faults and his blunt manner was able to stave off the invading German army by motivating people to maintain the struggle through his words and his sheer force of character. Here is a selection.

A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

Lies, damn lies and statistics!

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly (!)

Here is a poster (never released at the time) that for me is just so emblematic of the British WWII mentality: