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.

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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

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)

My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.

Letter to an American friend (attributed; unverified)

I am not sure I should have dared to start; but I am sure that I should not have dared to stop.

attributed; unverified