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Charles De Gaulle quotes and sayings on authority, character, destiny, difficulty, freedom, giving, history, inspiration, leadership, military, politics, war, Europe.

29 Charles De Gaulle Quotes That Are Still Relevant

Quick Facts

Famous As: Former President of France

Born On: November 22, 1890

Died On: November 9, 1970

Born In: Lille

Founder / Co Founder: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Free France, Rally of the French People, École nationale d'administration, Elf Aquitaine, French Community, CNES

Died At Age: 79

Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle was the 18th President of France and a prominent figure in the French Cold War era, whose ideas still continue to impact the governance of the country. Renowned for being the spearhead of Free France, he was also the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic before his presidency. He served in the French Army for more than thirty years and progressed to the rank of Brigade General. He played a crucial role in both the World Wars. He received countless honors including Grand-Croix of the Légion d'honneur, Knight of the Order of the Elephant, Medal of Honour of the Congress of Peru and many more. We have curated some of his most famous thoughts from his life, writings, speeches, observations etc. Zoom through these quotes and sayings from this French leader.

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How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?

Charles de Gaulle

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.

Charles de Gaulle

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

Charles de Gaulle

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.

Charles de Gaulle

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

Charles de Gaulle

I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

Charles de Gaulle

France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war

Charles de Gaulle

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.

Charles de Gaulle

The cemeteries are full of indispensable men.

Charles de Gaulle

China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.

Charles de Gaulle

Treaties you see are like girls and roses; they last while they last.

Charles de Gaulle

I am a man who belongs to nobody and who belongs to everybody.

Charles de Gaulle

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.

Charles de Gaulle

In order to be the master, the politician poses as the servant.

Charles de Gaulle

Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.

Charles de Gaulle

When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.

Charles de Gaulle

You'll live. Only the best get killed.

Charles de Gaulle

Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.

Charles de Gaulle

Nothing builds authority up like silence, splendor of the strong and shelter of the weak.

Charles de Gaulle

I am too poor to bow.

Charles de Gaulle

One must speak little. In action one must say nothing. The chief is the one who does not speak.

Charles de Gaulle

It is better to have a bad method than to have none.

Charles de Gaulle

The more I get to know men, the more I love dogs.

Charles de Gaulle

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.

Charles de Gaulle

The sword is the axis of the world and grandeur cannot be divided.

Charles de Gaulle

Politics, when it is an art and a service, not an exploitation, is about acting for an ideal through realities.

Charles de Gaulle

How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?

Charles de Gaulle

There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.

Charles de Gaulle

Difficulty attracts the characterful man, for it is by grasping it that he fulfils himself.

Charles de Gaulle