Charles De Gaulle


Charles De Gaulle Quotes

  • ''France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war!''
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Speech, broadcast June 18, 1940, from London. Speeches of General de Gaulle (1941). De Gaulle's famous words were not part of the official typescript for this speech, and not issued in written form until the following month.
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''We are not here to laugh.''
    Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970), French general, president. Quoted in Independent (London, April 21, 1990). Published on the centenary of his birth.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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.

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