'Like a great actor on the stage of history,' said Isaiah Berlin of Churchill's oratory in 1940,'he speaks his memorable lines with a large, unhurried and stately utterance.' However stately, Churchill was never pompous. A lover of repartee, he had a profound understanding of human nature and a delightful talent for encapsulating his thoughts in brief. And in the darkest of times, his unerring ear for what to say and how to say it inspired hope, loyalty and affection. Introduced by the distinguished historian and biographer, Robert Blake, this book collects some of Churchill's best words and sayings on subjects as different as war, art, childhood, and himself.