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A collection of Georges Clemenceau quotes and sayings on war, sea, fighting, government, learning, man, experience, discipline, liberty, foreign policy, America, civilization, etc.

25 Interesting Quotes By Georges Clémenceau

Quick Facts

Famous As: Former French Prime Minister

Born On: September 28, 1841

Died On: November 24, 1929

Born In: Mouilleron-en-Pareds, Vendee

Died At Age: 88

Georges Benjamin Clemenceau was a French politician, journalist, and physician. He served as Prime Minister of France during the First World War. He represented the Radical Party, and played a key role in the politics of the 'French Third Republic.' He served as Prime Minister for the first time from 1906 to 1909, and for the second time from 1917 to 1920. He was one of the main architects of the 'Treaty of Versailles' at the 'Paris Peace Conference' after the First World War. Clemenceau adopted a very harsh stance against the vanquished Germany, and was able to force Germany for large sums for reparations. Here is a collection of famous quotes and sayings by Georges Clémenceau  war, sea, fighting, government, learning, man, experience, discipline, Germany, liberty, foreign policy, America, civilization, etc.
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Oh, to be seventy again!

Georges Clémenceau

A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed - I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.

Georges Clémenceau

Il est plus facile de faire la guerre que la paix. It is far easier to make war than to make peace.

Georges Clémenceau

War is a series of disasters which result in a winner.

Georges Clémenceau

Not to be a socialist at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head.

Georges Clémenceau

A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action. You must act as you breathe.

Georges Clémenceau

My son is 22 years old. If he had not become a Communist at 22, I would have disowned him. If he is still a Communist at 30, I will do it then.

Georges Clémenceau

War is too important a matter to be left to the military.

Georges Clémenceau

All the great pleasures of life are silent.

Georges Clémenceau

I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace is an interlude during war.

Georges Clémenceau

The best time of love, is when one goes up the stairs.

Georges Clémenceau

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

Georges Clémenceau

Americans have no capacity for abstract thought, and make bad coffee.

Georges Clémenceau

There are only two perfectly useless things in this world. One is an appendix and the other is Poincaré.

Georges Clémenceau

My home policy: I wage war; my foreign policy: I wage war. All the time I wage war.

Georges Clémenceau

Liberty is the right to discipline ourselves in order not to be disciplined by others

Georges Clémenceau

What is said behind my back is said to my ass.

Georges Clémenceau

All that I know I learned after I was thirty.

Georges Clémenceau

In order to act, you must be somewhat insane .A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.

Georges Clémenceau

What can a mere French minister do when associated with Lloyd George, who thinks he is Napoleon, and Woodrow Wilson, who thinks he is Jesus Christ?

Georges Clémenceau

If you don't vote Socialist/Communist before you are twenty, you have no heart - if you do vote Socialist/Communist after you are twenty, you have no head.

Georges Clémenceau

The Germans may take Paris, but that will not prevent me from going on with the war. We will fight on the Loire, we will fight on the Garronne, we will fight even in the Pyrenees. And if at last we are driven off the Pyrenees, we will continue the war at sea.

Georges Clémenceau

On September 17, 1914, Erzberger, the well-known German statesman, an eminent member of the Catholic Party, wrote to the Minister of War, General von Falkenhayn, We must not worry about committing an offence against the rights of nations nor about violating the laws of humanity. Such feelings today are of secondary importance? A month later, on October 21, 1914, he wrote in Der Tag, If a way was found of entirely wiping out the whole of London it would be more humane to employ it than to allow the blood of A SINGLE GERMAN SOLDIER to be shed on the battlefield!

Georges Clémenceau

One begins to realize that art... in setting out to express nature with ever growing accuracy, teaches us to look, to perceive, to feel. The stone itself becomes an organic substance, and one can feel it being transformed as one moment in its life succeeds another.

Georges Clémenceau

A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he's not a man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning a ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must act as you breathe.

Georges Clémenceau