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Charles de Gaulle's Quotes

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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Leader
Nation: French
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It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so much heroism, a greater and better humanity shall not emerge.

Tags: Death, Humanity, Sacrifice

Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.

Tags: Church, Place, Someone

Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.

Tags: Alone, Men, Work

France cannot be France without greatness.

Tags: Cannot, France, Greatness

I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision is taken unanimously.

Tags: Decision, Heard, Taken

I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.

Tags: Cannot, Her, History

Never relinquish the initiative.

Tags: Initiative, Relinquish

No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.

Tags: Bomb, Consider, Country

No nation has friends only interests.

Tags: Friends, Interests, Nation

The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.

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There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.

Tags: Contempt, Mystery, Prestige

Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.

Tags: Last, While, Young

You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.

Tags: Give, Giving, Soul

A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.

Tags: Country, Friends, Great

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.

Tags: Greatness, Road, Unknown

Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.

Tags: Church, Place, Someone

I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.

Tags: Authority, Charge, Respect

I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Metro.

Tags: Against, Bourgeois, Military

I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then.

Tags: Might, Television, Trouble

I was France.

Tags: France

One cannot govern with 'buts'.

Tags: Buts, Cannot, Govern

One does not arrest Voltaire.

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Only peril can bring the French together. One can't impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.

Tags: Bring, Country, Together

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.

Tags: Great, Leaders, Leadership

The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.

Tags: Risks, True, Willing

To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.

Tags: Among, Choose, Govern
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Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last.

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We are not here to laugh.

Tags: Here, Laugh

When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.

Tags: Ask, France, Thinks

You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.

Tags: Beyond, May, Sure

In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?

Tags: Friend, History, Men

Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution. We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.

Tags: Country, Old, Time

As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so.

Tags: Life, Service, Trials

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.

Tags: Loving, Men, Pet

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.

Tags: Hate, Love, Patriotism

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

Tags: Become, Order, Politics

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

Tags: Matter, Politics, Serious

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

Tags: Power, Silence, Ultimate

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.

Tags: Quite, Since, Word

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.

Tags: Character, Crisis, Makes

How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?

Tags: Anyone, Kinds, Nation

A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.

Tags: Cannot, Others, True

The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.

Tags: Big, Judge, Leader

Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.

Tags: Ask, Life, Reading

For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.

Tags: Glory, Her, Herself

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

Tags: Matter, Politics, Serious

China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.

Tags: Big, China, Country

Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance.

Tags: Authority, Distance, Work

I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.

Tags: Cannot, Respect, Tolerate

Old age is a shipwreck.

Tags: Age, Old, Shipwreck

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

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France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.

Tags: Battle, Lost, War

You'll live. Only the best get killed.

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Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

Tags: Determined, Great, Men

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.

Tags: Betray, Country, Politics

Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.

Tags: Fair, Soon, Weather

When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.

Tags: Angry, Time, Wrong

You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.

Tags: Else, Fast, Feet