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

It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so much heroism, a greater and better humanity shall not emerge.


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


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


One does not arrest Voltaire.


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


How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?


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


No nation has friends only interests.


Old age is a shipwreck.


You'll live. Only the best get killed.


You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.


Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.


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.


Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last.


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.


A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.


I was France.

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


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


Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.


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