- In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.
speech at Kettering, 3 July 1938, in Times 4 July 1938
- How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing.
on Germany's annexation of the Sudetenland
radio broadcast, 27 September 1938
- This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.
- This morning, the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German government a final Note stating that, unless we heard from them by eleven o'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.
radio broadcast, 3 September 1939
- Whether it was that Hitler thought he might get away with what he had got without fighting for it, or whether it was that after all the preparations were not sufficiently complete—however, one thing is certain—he missed the bus.
speech at Central Hall, Westminster, 4 April 1940