Charles de Gaulle Quotes

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

Charles de Gaulle

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

Charles de Gaulle

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.

Charles de Gaulle

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

Charles De Gaulle

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown

Charles de Gaulle

A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.

Charles de Gaulle

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

Charles De Gaulle

No nation has friends only interests

Charles de Gaulle

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

Charles de Gaulle

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

Charles De Gaulle

How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over two hundred varieties of cheese?

Charles de Gaulle

Treaties are like roses and young girls - they last while they last

Charles de Gaulle

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

Charles de Gaulle

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power

Charles de Gaulle

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

Charles de Gaulle

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

Charles de Gaulle
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