General Charles DeGaulle Quotes

Most popular General Charles DeGaulle Quotes

I was France.
— General Charles DeGaulle

France

Old age is a shipwreck.

old age

What do you take me for, an idiot?
— General Charles DeGaulle

happiness

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
— General Charles DeGaulle
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
— General Charles DeGaulle
To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
— General Charles DeGaulle
Greatness is a road that leads toward something unknown.

greatness

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
— General Charles DeGaulle
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
— General Charles DeGaulle
I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
— General Charles DeGaulle

arguments

Politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
— General Charles DeGaulle

politics politicians

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
— General Charles DeGaulle
Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.
— General Charles DeGaulle
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

politicians

Treaties are like roses and young girls.  They last while they last.
— General Charles DeGaulle in Time
For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
— General Charles DeGaulle

glory

Justice which does not bear a sword beside its scales soon falls into ridicule.

justice

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

socialism

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

politicians

How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over 200 varieties of cheese?
— General Charles DeGaulle
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
— General Charles DeGaulle

politics politicians

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
— General Charles DeGaulle
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

ambition determination

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
— General Charles DeGaulle Life

nationalism patriotism

The French will only be united under the threat of danger. Nobody can simply bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese.
— General Charles DeGaulle

France

History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.
— General Charles DeGaulle
A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
— General Charles DeGaulle

leadership

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

difficulties character

History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads. People get the history they deserve.
— General Charles DeGaulle
Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.