Quotes by Charles De Gaulle

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General Charles Andre Joseph Marie De Gaulle (November 22, 1890-November 9, 1970), was a French military leader and statesman.

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When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.

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.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese?
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
I respect only those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop.
France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war.
Treaties are like roses and young girls -- they last while they last
No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
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?
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
The sword is the axis of the world, and grandeur is indivisible.

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