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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874-1965) Twice prime minister, he is probably best known for his leadership of the UK during WWII and known widely in popular culture for the number of witty, wise and intelligent quotes attributed to him.

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Did Churchill say "Generals are always prepared to fight the last war"?

I've seen the quote "Generals are always prepared to fight the last war" be attributed to Winston Churchill by several sources, but none of them actually give a primary source (such as a ...
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Did Winston Churchill praise Rolls-Royce engines?

In 1919, the world's first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight happened, and Rolls-Royce engines provided the power to make it happen. Marking the 100th anniversary of the 20th-century milestone, Rolls-...
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Did Churchill urge the US to ‘wipe out’ Moscow with an A-bomb

I read the following article: https://www.icij.org/blog/2014/10/churchill-urged-us-wipe-out-moscow-bomb/ from a seemingly reputable source (although it is a blog post). The key claim: Privately, ...
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Did Churchill say he would drink poison tea if he was married to a particular person?

The following quote is very frequently attributed to Churchill responding to Lady Astor: Lady Astor: If you were my husband, I’d poison your tea. PM Churchill: Madame, if you were my wife, I’d ...
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Did Winston Churchill say the King James Bible had been translated into more than 760 languages?

In the Jack Chick video "Where was the Bible before 1611? How can we know God endorsed the KJV?" (linked here), this claim is made: You know, Winston Churchill said that the King James Bible had ...
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Did Winston Churchill say "those who kneel for peace get humiliation and war"?

Some Spanish language sites, including Facebook statuses and the Colombian National Daily El Tiempo claim that Winston Churchill gave a quote that translates roughly as "those who kneel for peace ...
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Did Churchill have a hand in the sinking of the Lusitania?

In the hope that the loss of American lives would bring the United States into World War 1, did Winston Churchill play a part in getting the Lusitania to carry ammunition so that it would be sunk by ...
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Did Winston Churchill say we should not cut art funding?

There's a famous quote by Winston Churchill that, when asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he replied: “Then what are we fighting for?” (it can be found here, among other places). ...
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Churchill's quote: "This is just the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put."

Did Winston Churchill say, as some on the 'net claim, in response to being told he should not end a sentence with a preposition, something like "This is just the sort of nonsense up with which I will ...
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Did Winston Churchill say that proof of alien spacecraft would threaten the Church?

I heard that the historical basis for the ongoing denial of UFO's by most world governments is because Winston Churchill said it would threaten the legitimacy of the church. Did Winston Churchill ...
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