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

The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.


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


We are not here to laugh.


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.


When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.


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


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


I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Metro.


I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then.


The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.


To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.


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


Never relinquish the initiative.


France cannot be France without greatness.


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.


Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.


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.


China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.


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