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Charles de Gaulle – 21 Quotes

 

21 Quotes by Charles de Gaulle

 

Old age is a shipwreck.

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


You’ll live. Only the best get killed.

– Charles de Gaulle


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.

– Charles de Gaulle


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.

– Charles de Gaulle


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?

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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

– Charles de Gaulle


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