"I will not pretend that, if I had to choose between communism and nazism, I would choose communism."
Winston Churchill, speaking in the House of Commons, autumn 1937
"I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes."
Winston Churchill, writing as president of the Air Council, 1919
"It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half naked up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is still organising and conducting a campaign of civil disobedience, to parlay on equal terms with the representative of the Emperor-King."
Winston Churchill, commenting on Gandhi's meeting with the Viceroy of India, 1931
"(India is) a godless land of snobs and bores."
Winston Churchill, in a letter to his mother, 1896
"I do not admit... that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia... by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race... has come in and taken its place."
Winston Churchill to Palestine Royal Commission, 1937
"(We must rally against) a poisoned Russia, an infected Russia of armed hordes not only smiting with bayonet and cannon, but accompanied and preceded by swarms of typhus-bearing vermin."
Winston Churchill, quoted in the Boston Review, April/May 2001
"The choice was clearly open: crush them with vain and unstinted force, or try to give them what they want. These were the only alternatives and most people were unprepared for either. Here indeed was the Irish spectre - horrid and inexorcisable."
Winston Churchill, writing in The World Crisis and the Aftermath, 1923-31
"The unnatural and increasingly rapid growth of the feeble-minded and insane classes, coupled as it is with a steady restriction among all the thrifty, energetic and superior stocks, constitutes a national and race danger which it is impossible to exaggerate... I feel that the source from which the stream of madness is fed should be cut off and sealed up before another year has passed."
Winston Churchill to Asquith, 1910
"One may dislike Hitler's system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as admirable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations."
Winston Churchill in his book Great Contemporaries, 1937
"You are callous people who want to wreck Europe - you do not care about the future of Europe, you have only your own miserable interests in mind."
Winston Churchill, addressing the London Polish government at a British Embassy meeting, October 1944
"So far as Britain and Russia were concerned, how would it do for you to have 90% of Romania, for us to have 90% of the say in Greece, and go 50/50 about Yugoslavia?"
Winston Churchill, addressing Stalin in Moscow, October 1944
"This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States)... this worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire."
Winston Churchill, writing on 'Zionism versus Bolshevism' in the Illustrated Sunday Herald, February 1920