Words Matter

Tari and I like to try and watch as many of the Oscar nominated movies as we can each season. This year we’ve seen most of them. One of those is called “The Darkest Hour” that tells the story of Winston Churchill’s rise to power and his amazing leadership of Great Britain during World War II. Gary Oldman plays the role of Churchill and is remarkable—my pick to win best actor.

One of you recently sent me a series of quotes from Churchill.  I share a few of those with you today for your edification and enjoyment:

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”

“A nation that forgets its past has no future.”

“There is nothing government can give you that it hasn’t already taken from you in the first place.”

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

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

“One person with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.”

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.  An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

And my personal favorite:

“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to Hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”

Churchill’s genius was his ability to use words. Words matter. Words can change the world—for good or evil.