Churchill became an MP at 25 and had a Parliamentary career spanning 64 years. He came to personify the British war effort as prime minister during the Second World War.

Here are the top five defining quotes of Winston Churchill’s career, a man known for his incredible oratory ability and his brilliance with words.

“The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.”

“It is no use saying ‘we are doing our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”

“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”

“It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: “This was their finest hour.”