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Charles de Gaulle (Military Personnel)

All my life I have had a certain idea of France.
Charles de Gaulle life
I have understood you!
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Long live free Quebec!
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France has no friends, only interests.
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Les hommes peuvent avoir des amis, pas les hommes d'Etat. Interview, December 9 1967.
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Yes, it is , 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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Now she is like everyone else.
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France cannot be France without greatness.
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France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war.
Charles de Gaulle war
At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of belief, of opinion, of work, of leisure.
Charles de Gaulle freedom
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.
Charles de Gaulle faith
Supported General Douglas MacArthur during his row with President Harry Truman by saying MacArthur was:
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"A foreign military leader whose daring was feared by those who profited by it." De Gaulle said that MacArthur's critics should "pay deserved tribute to the legendary service of a great soldier".
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I am a man who belongs to no-one and who belongs to everyone.
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Why do you think that at 67 I would start a career as a dictator ?
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Politics, when it is an art and a service, not an exploitation, is about acting for an ideal through realities.
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No policy is worth anything outside of reality.
Charles de Gaulle reality
How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?
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I am not ill. But do not worry, one day, I will certainly die.
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Of course one can jump up and down yelling Europe ! Europe ! Europe ! But it amounts to nothing and it means nothing.
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Long live Montreal, Long live Quebec! Long live Free Quebec!
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Men can have friends, statesmen cannot.
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The future does not belong to men...
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Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
Charles de Gaulle love
The sword is the axis of the world and grandeur cannot be divided.
Charles de Gaulle world
Nothing great is done without great men, and they are great because they wanted it.
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France was built with swords. The fleur-de-lis, symbol of national unity, is only the image of a spear with three pikes.
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The desire of privilege and the taste of equality are the dominant and contradictory passions of the French of all times.
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Charles de Gaulle with Winston Churchill
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Nothing builds authority up like silence, splendor of the strong and shelter of the weak.
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It is better to have a bad method than to have none.
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Character is the virtue of hard times.
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Anything can happen someday, even that an act conforming to honour and honesty can end up, at the end of the line, as a good political decision.
Charles de Gaulle honesty
The leader is always alone before bad fates.
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Charles de Gaulle with Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King
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Difficulty attracts the characterful man, for it is by grasping it that he fulfils himself.
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The cabinet has no propositions to make, but orders to give.
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General de Gaulle was theleader of the Free French Forces which had escaped to London in World War II. Marshal , a hero of , had signed an(agreement to end fighting) with the invading forces of Nazi Germany, and led the Nazi-collaborating government ofin the south. The Nazis had occupied the north of France. De Gaulle was opposed to surrender and had left France on ,after P
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Three days later, de Gaulle obtained special permission fromto broadcast a speech viaRadio over France, despite the British Cabinet's efforts to block the broadcast. In the speech, de Gaulle reminded the French people that theand thewould support them in an effort to retake their land from the . On , 1940, at 19:00, de Gaulle's voice was broadcast nationwide.
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"The leaders who, for many years, were at the head of French armies, have formed a government. This government, alleging our armies to be undone, agreed with the enemy to stop fighting. Of course, we were subdued by the mechanical, ground and air forces of the enemy. Infinitely more than their number, it was the tanks, the airplanes, the tactics of the Germans which made us retreat. It was the tanks, the airplanes, the tactics of the Germans that surprised our leaders to the point to bring them there where they are today.
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"But has the last word been said? Must hope disappear? Is defeat final? No!
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"Believe me, I speak to you with full knowledge of the facts and tell you that nothing is lost for France. The same means that overcame us can bring us to a day of victory. For France is not alone! She is not alone! She is not alone! She has a vast Empire behind her. She can align with the British Empire that holds the sea and continues the fight. She can, like England, use without limit the immense industry of United States.
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"This war is not limited to the unfortunate territory of our country. This war is not finished by the battle of France. This war is a world-wide war. All the faults, all the delays, all the suffering, do not prevent there to be, in the world, all the necessary means to one day crush our enemies. Vanquished today by mechanical force, we will be able to overcome in the future by a superior mechanical force.
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"The destiny of the world is here. I, General de Gaulle, currently in London, invite the officers and the French soldiers who are located in British territory or who would come there, with their weapons or without their weapons, I invite the engineers and the special workers of armament industries who are located in British territory or who would come there, to put themselves in contact with me.
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"Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. Tomorrow, as today, I will speak on Radio London."
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You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
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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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How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
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You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.
Charles de Gaulle art
Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles de Gaulle politicians
Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
Charles de Gaulle war
Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.
Charles de Gaulle you
The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.
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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.
Charles de Gaulle will
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
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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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The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
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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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Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
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In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
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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.
Charles de Gaulle life
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
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You'll live. Only the best get killed.
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Never relinquish the initiative.
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The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
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I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
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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.
Charles de Gaulle action
A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
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Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last.
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When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.
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France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war.
Charles De Gaulle war
When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.
Charles De Gaulle self
The perfection preached in the Gospels never yet built up an empire. Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be forgiven him, indeed, they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make of them the means to achieve great ends.
Charles de Gaulle action
How do you govern a country which has 246 different kinds of cheese?
Charles De Gaulle you
The sword is the axis of the world, and grandeur is indivisible.
Charles de Gaulle world
Treaties are like roses and young girls -- they last while they last
Charles de Gaulle you
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.
Charles De Gaulle time
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself.
Charles de Gaulle self
There can be no power without mystery. There must always be a something which others cannot altogether fathom, which puzzles them, stirs them, and rivets their attention.... Nothing more enhances authority than silence. It is the crowning virtue of the strong, the refuge of the weak, the modesty of the proud, the pride of the humble, the prudence of the wise, and the sense of fools.
Charles De Gaulle power
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.
Charles De Gaulle action
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.
Charles De Gaulle travel
I always thought I was Jeanne dArc and Bonaparte. How little one knows oneself.
Charles De Gaulle art
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946-I didnt have television then.
Charles De Gaulle vision
The national task that had been incumbent upon me for 18 years is hereby confirmed.
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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.
Charles De Gaulle life
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
Charles De Gaulle power
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Charles De Gaulle strength
In politics it is necessary either to betray ones country of the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Charles De Gaulle politics
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Charles De Gaulle believe
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
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I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles De Gaulle politics
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
Charles De Gaulle love
I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision is taken unanimously.
Charles De Gaulle you
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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A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
Charles De Gaulle men
Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown
Charles De Gaulle war
To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
Charles De Gaulle sad
Old age is a shipwreck.
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Every Frenchman wants to enjoy one or more privileges; thats the way he shows his passion for equality
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