"Blood, Toil, Tears & Sweat"
"I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined the Government: I have nothing to offer but Blood, toil, tears and sweat."
House of Commons, 13 May 1940
"We Shall Never Surrender"
"We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills: we shall never surrender."
House of Commons, 4 June 1940
"Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour'."
House of Commons, 18 June 1940
The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
House of Commons, 20 August 1940
"Give us the Tools"
"Here is the answer that I shall give, in your name, to this great man, the thrice-chosen head of a nation of a hundred and thirty millions? Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt: Put your confidence in us. Give us your faith and your blessing, and, under Providence, all will be well.....Give us the tools, and we will finish the job."
Radio Broadcast 9 February 1941
"Hitler Attacked and Invaded Russia"
"At four o'clock this morning Hitler attacked and invaded Russia......Hitler is a monster of wickedness, insatiable in his lust for blood and plunder.....So now this bloodthirsty guttersnipe must launch his mechanized armies upon new fields of slaughter, pillage and devastation."
House of Commons, 22 June 1941
"Some Chicken! Some Neck!"
"The contribution of Canada to the Imperial war effort in troops, in ships, in aircraft, in food, and in finance has been magnificent.....Hitler and his Nazi gang have sown the wind: let them reap the whirlwind.......When I warned them (the French) that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did their generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, 'In three weeks England would have her neck wrung like a chicken.' Some chicken! Some Neck."
Canadian Parliament 30 December 1941
"Here at the gateway of Canada, in mighty lands which have never known the totalitarian tyrannies of Hitler and Mussolini, the spirit of freedom has found a safe and abiding home."
Broadcast from Quebec City 31 August 1943
"End of the War in Europe"
"The German war is therefore at an end.....We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead. Japan, with all her treachery and greed, remains unsubdued."
Broadcast 8 May 1945
"The Surrender of Japan"
"Once again the British Commonwealth and Empire emerges safe, undiminished and united from a mortal struggle. Monstrous tyrannies which menaced our life have been beaten to the ground in ruin."
House of Commons 15 August 1945
"The Iron Curtain"
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe."
Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri 5 March 1946
I am now going to say something that will astonish you. The first step in the re-creation of the European family must be a partnership between France and Germany."
Zurich University 19 September 1946
"This is to me the most memorable occasion of my life. No one has ever received a similar mark of honour before........I was very glad that Mr Attlee described my speeches in the war as expressing the will not only of Parliament but of the whole nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless and, as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it, and if I found the right words you must remember that I have always earned my living by my pen and by my tongue. It was a nation and race dwelling all around the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar!"
Westminster Hall, 30 November 1954