Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Winston Churchill was born on November 30, 1874 to a family that had both a history of political prominence as well as a history of mental illness. When Churchill was appointed Prime Minister of Britain he changed the political strategy. His view of the realistic threat of Germany during WWII was attributed to the way he thought as a result of his mental illness.
Psychiatrist Anthony Storr described Churchill’s reaction the Germany in the following way:
“Only a man who knew what it was to discern a gleam of hope in a hopeless situation, whose courage was beyond reason and whose aggressive spirit burned at its fiercest when he was hemmed in and surrounded by enemies, could have given emotional reality to the words of defiance which rallied and sustained us in the menacing summer of 1940.”-Anthony Storr
Storr was also quoted saying:
“Had Winston Churchill been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation. In 1940, when all the odds were against Britain, a leader of sober judgment might well have concluded that we were finished”. - Anthony Storr
Winston Churchill called his Bipolar Disorder, his black dog. He didn’t given into his black dog at all, instead he used it to his advantage which I find to be very admirable. Below you will find some notable quotes by Winston Churchill. Not only was he a politician but he was a great writer as well. Winston Churchill died in 1965 at the age of 90 as a result of a stroke. Read a more in depth biography of him here: NAMI Winston Churchill Biography
Winston Churchill Quotes:
I don't like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train. I don't like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second's action would end everything. A few drops of desperation.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.
Never, never, never give up.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
History is written by the victors.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.