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Motivational Charles de Gaulle Quotes and Sayings

Charles de Gaulle Quotes:- Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French army officer and statesman who led the French Resistance against Nazi Germany in World War II and chaired the Provisional Government of the French Republic from 1944 to 1946 in order to establish democracy in France.

In 1958, he came out of retirement when appointed President of the Council of Ministers by President René Coty. He was asked to rewrite the Constitution of France and founded the Fifth Republic after approval by referendum.

Motivational Charles de Gaulle Quotes

“A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.”-Charles de Gaulle


“A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.”-Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle Quotes

“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.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Authority doesn’t work without prestige, or prestige without distance.”-Charles de Gaulle


“China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Don’t ask me who’s influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested, and I’ve been reading all my life.”-Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle Quotes

“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.”-Charles de Gaulle


Famous Charles de Gaulle Quotes


“For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.”-Charles de Gaulle


“France cannot be France without greatness.”-Charles de Gaulle


“France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. The church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.”-Charles de Gaulle


“How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?”-Charles de Gaulle


“I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.”-Charles de Gaulle


“I have against me the bourgeois, the military, and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Metro.”-Charles de Gaulle


“I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”-Charles de Gaulle


“I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision is taken unanimously.”-Charles de Gaulle


Charles de Gaulle Quotes About France


“I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.”-Charles de Gaulle


“I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 – I didn’t have television then.”-Charles de Gaulle


“I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.”-Charles de Gaulle


“I was France.”-Charles de Gaulle


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


“In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?”-Charles de Gaulle


“It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so much heroism, greater and better humanity shall not emerge.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Never relinquish the initiative.”-Charles de Gaulle


“No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.”-Charles de Gaulle


“No nation has friends only interests.”-Charles de Gaulle


Best Charles de Gaulle Quotes About Nation


“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Old age is a shipwreck.”-Charles de Gaulle


“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.”-Charles de Gaulle


“One cannot govern with ‘buts’.”-Charles de Gaulle


“One does not arrest Voltaire.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Only peril can bring the French together. One can’t impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Patriotism is when a love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.”-Charles de Gaulle


“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”-Charles de Gaulle


“The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”-Charles de Gaulle


“The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.”-Charles de Gaulle


“The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart from the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.”-Charles de Gaulle


Top Charles de Gaulle Quotes About Leaders


“The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.”-Charles de Gaulle


“The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.”-Charles de Gaulle


“There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.”-Charles de Gaulle


“To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.”-Charles de Gaulle


“Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last.”-Charles de Gaulle


“We are not here to laugh.”-Charles de Gaulle


“When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.”-Charles de Gaulle


“When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.”-Charles de Gaulle


“You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.”-Charles de Gaulle


“You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.”-Charles de Gaulle


“You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.”-Charles de Gaulle


“You’ll live. Only the best get killed.”-Charles de Gaulle