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French general, writer and statesman, 1890-1970
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A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities
A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
All my life I have thought of France in a certain way.
Art thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers? / O sweet content! / Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplexed? / O punishment!
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.
Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance.
Brave shoemakers, all gentlemen of the gentle craft.
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.
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.
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.
Every Frenchman wants to enjoy one or more privileges; that's the way he shows his passion for equality
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.
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.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back upon himself.
For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
France cannot be France without greatness.
France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war! (Proclamation, 18 June 1940)
France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
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