It so happens that the world is undergoing a transformation to which no change that has yet occurred can be compared, either in scope or in rapidity.
How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over two hundred varieties of cheese?
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.
All my life I have had a certain idea of France.
The desire of privilege and the taste of equality are the dominant and contradictory passions of the French of all times.
I myself have become a Gaullist only little by little.
The cemetery is filled with indispensable men.
Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last. Charles de Ga
Never relinquish the initiative. Charles de Gaull
France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
It will not be any European statesman who will unite Europe: Europe will be united by the Chinese.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men. Charles de Gaull
Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of one.
For all of us Frenchmen, the guiding rule of our epoch is to be faithful to France.
I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.
How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
The Jews remain what they have been at all times: an elite people, self-confident and domineering.
One does not arrest Voltaire. Charles de Gaull
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
It's better to have a bad plan then no plan at all.
The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute. Charles de Gaull
Genius sometimes consists of knowing when to stop.
Old age is a shipwreck.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
There can be no other criterion, no other standard than gold. Yes, gold which never changes, which can be shaped into ingots, bars, coins, which has no nationality and which is eternally and universally accepted as the unalterable fiduciary value par excellence.
Nothing more enhances authority than silence. It is the crowning virtue of the strong, the refuge of the weak, the modesty of the proud, the pride of the humble, the prudence of the wise, and the sense of fools. To speak is to . . . dissipate one's strength; whereas what action demands is concentrat