Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (French: [ʃaʁl də ɡol] ( listen); 22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French general, resistant, writer and statesman. He was the leader of Free France (1940–44) and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (1944–46). In 1958, he founded the Fifth Republic and was elected as the 18th President of France, until his resignation in 1969.
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The sword is the axis of the world, and grandeur is indivisible.
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.
Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.
France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war.
The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.
One cannot govern with 'buts'.
A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then.
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
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.
The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance.
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.
Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
France cannot be France without greatness.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate.
I prefer to betray the electorate.
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution.
We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.
Soyons fermes, purs et fidèles ; au bout de nos peines, il y a la plus grande gloire du monde, celle des hommes qui n'ont pas cédé. [Let us be firm, pure and faithful; at the end of our sorrow, there is the greatest glory of the world, that of the men who did not give in.]
You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.
I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision is taken unanimously.
When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop.
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.
Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last.
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?