Happy Winston Churchill Day! Quotes from the British Bulldog

On April 9, 1963, John F. Kennedy proclaimed Sir Winston Churchill an honorary U.S. citizen. This anniversary has been dubbed an unofficial holiday, National Winston Churchill Day. So let's celebrate Winnie in his own words. . .
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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Fifty years have passed since his death, but Sir Winston Churchill's larger-than-life persona and his legacy of navigating challenging times in history live on. Americans have always loved the British Bulldog for his charismatic leadership through World War II, not to mention his U.S. roots — his mother was born in Brooklyn. And on April 9, 1963, President John F. Kennedy made the country's admiration for Churchill official by bestowing honorary U.S. citizenship on the former British prime minister. ". . .Sir Winston Churchill, a son of America though a subject of Britain, has been throughout his life a firm and steadfast friend of the American people and the American nation. . .," Kennedy read in the declaration of citizenship.

So, to celebrate National Winston Churchill Day, the anniversary commemorating the date Churchill became an honorary American, let's remember him in his own words. 

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” 

"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes." 

Winston Churchill and his soon to be wife Clementine

Churchill and his fiancee Clementine. (Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill speaks at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1944. (Photo: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

"It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time."

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

"Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others."

Kennedy Churchill proclamation

The proclamation declaring Winston Churchill an honorary U.S. citizen. 

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they've tried everything else."