Charles de Gaulle
Quotations


Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

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!

How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?

For all of us Frenchmen, the guiding rule of our epoch is to be faithful to France.

No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.

I respect only those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.

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?

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