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.

speech at Harrow School, Harrow, England, October 29, 1941
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More from Winston Churchill

We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

BBC radio broadcast, February 9, 1941

Everything tends towards catastrophe and collapse. I am interested, geared up and happy. Is it not horrible to be made like this?

In a letter to his wife Clemmie, during the build up to World War I.

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.

Reply to King George VI, on a cold morning at the airport. As cited in Man of the Century (2002)

By noon it was clear that the Socialists would have a majority. At luncheon my wife said to me, ‘It may well be a blessing in disguise.’ I replied, ‘At the moment it seems quite effectively disguised.’

The Second World War, Volume VI : Triumph and Tragedy (1953)

Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

Speech in the House of Commons, June 18, 1940 "War Situation"