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

— Charles De Gaulle

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Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

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

93

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

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Charles De Gaulle quote Glory gives herself only to those who ha

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

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In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate.

I prefer to betray the electorate.

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

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Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

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War stirs in men's hearts the mud of their worst instincts.

It puts a premium on violence, nourishes hatred, and gives free rein to cupidity. It crushes the weak, exalts the unworthy, and bolsters tyranny .. .Time and time again it has destroyed all ordered living, devastated hope, and put the prophets to death.

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He who laughs last didn't get the joke.

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Belgium is a country invented by the British to annoy the French.

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

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

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We may go to the moon, but that' s not very far.

The greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us.

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About Charles De Gaulle

Quotes 132 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Leader
Birthday 22 November 1890

When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.

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History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.

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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.

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

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Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back upon himself.

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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.

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Long live free Quebec!

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

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

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Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.

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France has no friends, only interests.

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

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A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.

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France cannot be France without greatness.

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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.

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The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.

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Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible.

The cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.

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There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.

15

Gentlemen, I am ready for the questions to my answers.

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Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.

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Only by coming to grips with difficulty can you realize your full potential.

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No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.

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The perfection preached in the gospels never yet built an empire.

Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning.

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

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The leader is always alone before bad fates.

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The Jews remain what they have been at all times: an elite people, self-confident and domineering.

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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?

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

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To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.

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China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.

11

Betting against gold is the same as betting on governments.

He who bets on governments and government money bets against 6,000 years of recorded human history.

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There can be no other criterion, no other standard than gold.

Yes, gold which never changes, which can be shaped into ingots, bars, coins, which has no nationality and which is eternally and universally accepted as the unalterable fiduciary value par excellence.

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Yes, it is Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals, it is Europe, it is the whole of Europe, that will decide the fate of the world.

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

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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.

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How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?

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I always thought I was Jeanne d'Arc and Bonaparte. How little one knows oneself.

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