Quotes by Charles de Gaulle (Leader/French).

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How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
• Charles de Gaulle
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Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
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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
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You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
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Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
• Charles de Gaulle
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Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.
• Charles de Gaulle
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I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then.
• Charles de Gaulle
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The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.
• Charles de Gaulle
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Never relinquish the initiative.
• Charles de Gaulle
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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.
• Charles de Gaulle
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The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
• Charles de Gaulle
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There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.
• Charles de Gaulle
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Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance.
• Charles de Gaulle
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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.
• Charles de Gaulle
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To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
• Charles de Gaulle
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Only peril can bring the French together. One can't impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.
• Charles de Gaulle
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Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
• Charles de Gaulle
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No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
• Charles de Gaulle
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The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
• Charles de Gaulle
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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
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For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
• Charles de Gaulle
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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
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We are not here to laugh.
• Charles de Gaulle
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One does not arrest Voltaire.
• Charles de Gaulle
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I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision is taken unanimously.
• Charles de Gaulle

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