This is my first book on Winston Churchill. I was fascinated by his vision and organization. The book is set up with small readable chapters that are concluded with maxims by Churchill.
Some of my favorites are:
1. Do not become the passive matrix upon which others impose their designs.
2. Do no fritter away your energy on small schemes.
3. Ponder, then act. (Churchill’s point being that it does no good to ponder if it results in no action.)
4. “nothing avails but perfection” may be spelt shorter: ‘paralysis.’ Do not let the better be the enemy of the good.
5. I would rather be right than consistent.
6. It is sheer laziness not compressing thought into a reasonable space.
7.Laugh a little, and teach your men to laugh. Live dangerously; take things as they come; dread naught, all will be well.
8. Let it end only when each of us lies choking in our own blood upon the ground.
9. There is no merit in putting off a war for a year, if when it comes, its a far worse war or one much harder to win.