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To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
– Charles de Gaulle
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.
How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
One does not arrest Voltaire.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
One cannot govern with ‘buts’.
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.
No nation has friends only interests.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.
I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.
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.
For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
Authority doesn’t work without prestige, or prestige without distance.
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.
You’ll live. Only the best get killed.
I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Metro.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so.
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.