Difficulty attracts the characterful man, for it is by grasping it that he fulfils himself.
Adversity attracts the man of character. He seeks out the bitter joy of responsibility.
You'll live. Only the best get killed.
Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last. Charles de Ga
One can unite the French only under the threat of danger. One cannot simply bring together a nation that produces 265 kinds of cheese.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt. Charles de Gaull
Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
Politics, when it is an art and a service, not an exploitation, is about acting for an ideal through realities.
The future does not belong to men...
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.
Never relinquish the initiative. Charles de Ga
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.
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
Old France, weighed down with history, prostrated by wars and revolutions, endlessly vacillating from greatness to decline, but revived, century after century, by the genius of renewal!
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.
Long live free Quebec!
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
One cannot govern with 'buts'.
What do you take me for, an idiot?
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then.
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless. Charles de Ga
Leaders of men are later remembered less for the usefulness of what they have achieved than for the sweep of their endeavors.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
The desire of privilege and the taste of equality are the dominant and contradictory passions of the French of all times.
The cabinet has no propositions to make, but orders to give.
The cemetery is filled with indispensable men.