Breaking it down with Winston Churchill.
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
"The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself."
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion."
"Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."
"I am easily satisfied with the very best."
"A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him."
"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
"Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
"Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others."
"History is written by the victors." ... and its less famous corollary, "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."