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Quotations From CHARLES DE GAULLE

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  • 1.
    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 (1890-1970), French general, president. War Memoirs, vol. 3, ch. 7 (1959, trans. 1960).

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  • 2.
    Now she's like everyone else.
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in De Gaulle, Jean Lacouture (1965). Remark at the funeral of his handicapped daughter (1948).
  • 3.
    Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in André Maurois, "The Art of Leadership," The Art of Living (1940).

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  • 4.
    For all of us Frenchmen, the guiding rule of our epoch is to be faithful to France.
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. speech, Sept. 28, 1963, Lyons.
  • 5.
    One does not arrest Voltaire.
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in Encounter (London, June 1975). Referring to the Maoist and Communist activities of Jean-Paul Sartre during the 1960s.
  • 6.
    Old France, weighed down with history, prostrated by wars and revolutions, endlesly vacillating from greatness to decline, but revived, century after century, by the genius of renewal!
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. War Memoirs, vol. 3, ch. 7 (1959).

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  • 7.
    Long live Free Quebec!
    (Vive le Québec Libre!
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Speech, July 24, 1967, Montreal. Speeches of General de Gaulle (1970). The speech by De Gaulle aroused huge controversy, appearing to advocate the cause of Quebec separatists and inflaming an already volatile situation.
  • 8.
    No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French statesman, soldier. Quoted in New York Times Magazine (May 12, 1968).
  • 9.
    How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. quoted in Newsweek (New York, Oct. 1, 1962).
  • 10.
    I respect only those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in New York Times Magazine (May 12, 1966).

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