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Charles De Gaulle Quotes

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

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

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.

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

China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

France cannot be France without greatness.

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

Greatness is a road leading towards the 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.

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

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

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

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

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