Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
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.
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
France cannot be France without greatness.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Now I shall return to my village and there will remain at the disposition of the 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.
The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
China is a big country with a lot of chinese people living there Former French President Charles De Gaulle
How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese
I predict you will sink step by step into a bottomless quagmire, however much you spend in men and money.
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.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.
Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then.
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.
We are not here to laugh.
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.
I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Metro.
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance.
Every Frenchman wants to enjoy one or more privileges that's the way he shows his passion for equality
I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
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