This might be regarded as Churchill’s farewell address to the House of Commons and established Britain’s approach to nuclear weapons.Churchill, wary of nuclear weaponry, set out to warn the House of their destructive power.
There are still competitions which honour them, including the Sir Winston Churchill Public Speaking Competition (held every year at Blenheim Palace) and the Churchill National Public Speaking Competition for Schools.
Many of the speeches resonate today, and historians and biographers continue to grapple with Churchill’s approach to speaking and use of language.
The following list is a collection of Churchill’s most influential speeches - not just during the war but throughout his lifetime.
10: Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat (May 13, 1940; The House of Commons) You ask, what is our aim? Victory at all costs—Victory in spite of all terror—Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.
The Churchillian optimism shrines through in his conclusion: The day may dawn when fair play, love for one’s fellow-men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth serene and triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell.