Sir Winston Churchill


Winston Churchill

Anecdote 1...

Churchill was no admirer of Sir Stafford Cripps, minister for aircraft production in Churchill’s government during World War II. After the war, Cripps rejoined the Labour party. Churchill was standing with a friend in the House of Commons when Cripps walked by; Churchill pulled a face and remarked, “There but for the grace of God, goes God.”


Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities...because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

~Winston Churchill

Some Sir Winston Churchill quotes


Anecdote 2...

Churchill with his poodle, Rufus

Churchill had a poodle named Rufus. Rufus was so loved that he even ate in the dining room with the rest of the family. A cloth was laid for him on the Persian carpet beside the head of the household, and no one else ate until the butler had served Rufus’s meal. One evening Churchill was watching the film Oliver Twist and Rufus, as usual, had the best seat in the house, on his master’s lap. At the point when Bill Sikes was about to drown his dog to put the police off his track, Churchill covered Rufus’s eyes with his hand. He said, “Don’t look now, dear. I’ll tell you about it afterwards.”

Last Words...

Im bored with it all.

Anecdote 3...

Winston Churchill peace signIn the summer of 1941 Sergeant James Allen Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross for climbing out onto the wing of his Wellington bomber 13,000 feet above the Zuider Zee, to extinguish a fire in the starboard engine. Secured only by a rope around his waist, he managed not only to smother the fire but also to return along the wing to the aircraft’s cabin. Churchill, an admirer as well as a performer of swashbuckling exploits, summoned the shy New Zealander to 10 Downing Street. Ward, struck dumb with awe in Churchill’s presence, was unable to answer the prime minister’s questions. Churchill surveyed the unhappy hero with some compassion. “You must feel very humble and awkward in my presence,” he said.
        “Yes, sir,” managed Ward.
        “Then you can imagine how humble and awkward I feel in yours,” said Churchill.

Biographical Note: 

Churchill was a British statesman. A direct descendant of the first Duke of Marlborough, Churchill served in the Boer War before being elected to Parliament in 1900. After holding various offices he became First Lord of the Admiralty (1911-15). From 1929 until the outbreak of World War II he was out of office. When World War II began, Churchill was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. In 1940 he replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister, becoming head of the coalition government. His remarkable powers of oratory and outstanding qualities as a leader made him the personification of British resistance to tyranny and a symbol of the free world’s opposition to Nazi Germany’s brutality.

More Information: 

Read a short biography of Winston Churchill written by a student. (Don’t miss the photo of him as a young military officer.)
To learn more about the private side of Churchill, read Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills, available online from
For transcripts of Churchill’s speeches, visit The Churchill Center.