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A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.   Life
As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through ...   Life
Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance.   Life
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.   Life
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have ...   Life
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.   Life
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they dr...   Life
Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's ...   Life
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He impo...   Life
For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.   Life
France cannot be France without greatness.   Life
France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war.   Life
Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is...   Life
How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese?   Life
How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over ...   Life
How can you be expected to govern a country that has 246 kinds of chee...   History
How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties ...   Life
I always thought I was Jeanne d'Arc and Bonaparte. How little one know...   Life
I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.   Life
I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and f...   Life
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter t...   Life
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to...   Life
I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision...   Life
I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her...   History
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946-I didn't have televisio...   Life
I predict you will sink step by step into a bottomless quagmire, howev...   Life
I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.   Life
I was France.   Life
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.   Politics
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the elec...   Politics
In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is...   Life
My dear and old country, here we are once again together faced with a ...   History
No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself indepen...   Life
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are gre...   Life
Now I shall return to my village and there will remain at the disposit...   Life
Old age is a shipwreck.   Age
Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and cau...   Life
One cannot govern with 'buts'.   Life
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, w...   Life
Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.   Life
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.   Life
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised ...   Life
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.   Life
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.   Life
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.   Life
The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself ...   Life
The national task that had been incumbent upon me for 18 years is here...   Life
The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.   Life
The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.   Life
There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds conte...   Life
To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.   Life
Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.   Life
Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last...   Life
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. W...   Life
When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.   Life
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is us...   Life
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities the...   Life
You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shir...   Life
You'll live. Only the best get killed.   Life