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All Quotes by author - Charles de Gaulle
" A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends. "
" 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. "
" A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless. "
" 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. "
" 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 might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then. "
" In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. "
" In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. "
" 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? "
" I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them. "
" 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. "
" I was France. "
" Never relinquish the initiative. "
" No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent. "
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