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Charles de Gaulle
November 22, 1890 - November 9, 1970
Category: Leader

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 graveyards are full of indispensable men.


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


The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.


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.


Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.


Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.


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


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


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


You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.


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


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


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


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


A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.


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?


One cannot govern with 'buts'.


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


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


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