Charles de Gaulle - Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

France cannot be France without greatness. ---->>>

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

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.

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

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

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

The graveyards are full of indispensable men. ---->>>

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

Never relinquish the initiative. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

You'll live. Only the best get killed.

You'll live. Only the best get killed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

No nation has friends only interests. ---->>>

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

To govern is always to choose among disadvantages. ---->>>

Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last. ---->>>

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

I was France.

I was France.

One cannot govern with 'buts'. ---->>>

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

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

We are not here to laugh. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese. ---->>>

Old age is a shipwreck.

Old age is a shipwreck.

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. ---->>>

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

One does not arrest Voltaire. ---->>>

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

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: November 22, 1890
Birthplace:
Die: 11-09, 1970
Occupation: Leader
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Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (French: [ʃaʁl də ɡol]; 22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French general and statesman. He was the leader of Free France (1940–44) and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (1944–46). In 1958, he founded the Fifth Republic and was elected as the President of France, a position he held until his resignation in 1969 (wikipedia)