He was the master of the one-liner.
Today, a flotilla of ships will sail down the River Thames to mark the 50th anniversary of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.
Here are the former prime minister’s finest oratory moments (and they’re certainly better than the soundbites we get from our mealy-mouthed politicians of today).
“In the course of my life I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.” - 1940s.
“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” - November 30 1949.
Photographer: “I hope, sir, that I will shoot your picture on your hundredth birthday.”
Churchill: “I don't see why not, young man. You look reasonably fit and healthy.”
Bessie Braddock MP: “Winston, you are drunk, and what's more you are disgustingly drunk.”
Churchill: “Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what's more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.” - 1946.
This exchange was confirmed by Churchill's bodyguard of the time, Ron Golding, who allegedly heard his boss say it.
Winston Churchill: Life in pictures
Winston Churchill: Life in pictures
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Winston Churchill leaving London for his country home, Chartwell in Kent in 1964
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Sir Winston Churchill with his daughter Mary and son-in-law Christopher Soames (right) in 1964
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(Seated left to right) Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal; Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Winston Churchill; Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham, (standing left to right) the Secretary to the Chiefs of Staffs Committee, Major General L C Hollis; and the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence, General Sir Hastings Ismay at an unknown location
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Winston Churchill flashes the V-sign on 19 June 1963
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Winston Churchill feeds the deer in Richmond Park, accompanied by his private secretary Anthony Montague Brown and personal detective Edmund Murray on 25 March 1963
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Winston and Lady Churchill leaving their Hyde Park Gate home for an Ascot race meeting on 16 June 1961
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Jacob Epstein with Winston Churchill in 1958. The pair lived on the same London street
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Prime Minister Winston Churchill kisses Queen Elizabeth II's hand as she leaves 10 Downing Street in London, after a dinner on 4 April 1955
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Winston Churchill at the christening of his granddaughter, Charlotte Soames at Westerham Parish Church, Kent on 6 November 1954. Left to right: godparents Fitzroy MacLean and Diana Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill, Lady Clementine Churchill, Christopher Soames and his wife Mary Churchill. The children are Nicholas, Jeremy and Emma Soames with his grandson Nicholas Soames
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French President Paul Ramadier awards the medaille Militaire to former British prime minister Winston Churchill on 12 May 1947
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Winston Churchill outside the German Reichstag during a tour of the ruined city of Berlin on 16 July 1945
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The prime minister of the wartime Coalition government Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill during a speech 0n 2 July 1945. The July 1945 general election resulted in a resounding victory for the Labour Party
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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (L) walking with General Bernard Law Montgomery near the Rhine river in Germany during an advance by Allied troops on 23 March 1945
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Marshal Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill together at the Livedia Palace in Yalta, where they were both present for the conference on 7 February 1945
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Winston Churchill with his daughter Mary and General Sir Frederick Pile (GOC Anti-Aircraft Command) watch anti-aircraft guns in action against V1 flying bombs on 30 June 1944
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Winston Churchill and General Sir Bernard Montgomery with his dog in 1944
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Prime Minister Winston Churchill Prime US President Franklin D. Roosevelt seated in the garden of the villa in Morocco where they met for a war conference surrounded by British and American war correspondants, on 23 January 1943
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Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, on board a naval auxiliary patrol vessel during a visit to the London docks on 25 September 1940
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First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill strolls in the grounds of his country home, Chartwell Manor on 31 October 1939
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Winston Churchill, recently appointed Hon Air Commodore to 615 Auxiliary Air Force Squadron, climbing out of a Gloster Gauntlet II aircraft during a visit to the Squadron at Kenley, Surrey on 16 April 1939
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Winston Churchill balancing a top hat on his walking stick watched by his daughter Mary, outside the Mansion House in London
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British statesman Winston Churchill attends the Anglo-Irish Conference in Downing Street on 11 October 1921
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The platform party is attentive to Winston Churchill as he delivers his address opening a new YMCA hostel for munitions workers at Enfield, Middlesex, on 20 September, 1915
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Winston Churchill won his first parliamentary seat in 1899
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2nd Lieutenant Winston Churchill of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars in 1895
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Winston Churchill dressed in the uniform of Harrow School Rifle Corps
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Winston Churchill between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time he attended the Harrow School
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Winston Churchill in his school years
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The former Jennie Jerome, Lady Randolph Churchill, born in New York, with her sons John (left) and Winston, in 1885
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Winston Churchill as a young boy, aged 7, in Dublin, Ireland
“Hess or no Hess, I'm going to watch the Marx Brothers.” - during an air raid, May 11 1941, Ditchley Park.
And here's some of his classic moments:
“This war effort could not have been achieved if the women had not marched forward in millions and undertaken all kinds of tasks and work for which any other generation but our own ... would have considered them unfitted; work in the fields, heavy work in the foundries and in the shops, very refined work on radio and precision instruments, work in the hospitals, responsible clerical work of all kinds, work throughout the munitions factories, work in the mixed batteries ... Nothing has been grudged, and the bounds of women's activities have been definitely, vastly, and permanently enlarged.” - September 29 1943, Royal Albert Hall, London.
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” - May 13 1940.
“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory - victory at all costs, victory in spite of terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” - May 13 1940, in his first speech as Prime Minister.
Some of Mr Churchill's best lines were - sadly - not actually his. Social commentators often attached his name to memorable lines, such as the following:
Nancy Astor: “If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee.”
Churchill: “If I were married to you, I'd drink it.” - to Nancy Astor, Blenheim Palace
This exchange first appeared in the Chicago Tribune's joke of the day in 1900 - a full forty years before Churchill's acerbic conversation with Mrs Astor.Reuse content