How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
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?
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so much heroism, a greater and better humanity shall not emerge.
I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
You'll live. Only the best get killed.
Treaties are like roses and young girls -- they last while they last
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
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