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charles de gaulle Quotes

Charles de Gaulle Quotes

Birth Date: 1900-05-22 (Tuesday, May 22nd, 1900)
Date of Death: 1970-11-09 (Monday, November 9th, 1970)


charles de gaulle life timeline

Appeal of June 18 by Charles de Gaulle.Tuesday, June 18th, 1940
World War II: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris.Saturday, August 26th, 1944
Charles de Gaulle is brought out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months.Sunday, June 1st, 1958
French presidential election: Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France as his Union des Democrates pour la Republique party gain 78.5% of the vote.Sunday, December 21st, 1958
General Charles de Gaulle, President of France, declares in a speech in Strasbourg his vision for a "Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals."Monday, November 23rd, 1959
A violent clash occurred with French forces cracking down on protesters in French Algeria during a visit by French president Charles de Gaulle.Sunday, December 11th, 1960
In France, a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle s policies in Algeria.Sunday, January 8th, 1961
French President Charles De Gaulle calls for allowing Algeria to be an independent nation.Monday, February 5th, 1962
An attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle fails.Wednesday, August 22nd, 1962
The Elysee treaty of cooperation between France and Germany was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.Tuesday, January 22nd, 1963
During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Quebec libre! (Long live free Quebec!). The statement, interpreted as support for Quebec independence, delighted many Quebecers but angered the Canadian government and many English Canadians.Monday, July 24th, 1967
Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.Monday, April 28th, 1969
Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France.Friday, March 8th, 1974
Merhan Karimi Nasseri arrives at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.Friday, August 26th, 1988
Part of Paris Charles De Gaulle International Airport Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.Sunday, May 23rd, 2004


    • All my life I have had a certain idea of France.
    • I have understood you!
    • Long live free Quebec!
    • France has no friends, only interests!
    • Yes, it is Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals, it is Europe, it is the whole of Europe, that will decide the fate of the world.
    • France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war.
    • At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of belief, of opinion, of work, of leisure.
    • Let us be firm, pure and faithful; at the end of our sorrow, there is the greatest glory of the world, that of the men who did not give in.
    • 'A foreign military leader whose daring was feared by those who profited by it.' De Gaulle said that MacArthur's critics should 'pay deserved tribute to the legendary service of a great soldier'.
    • I am a man who belongs to no-one and who belongs to everyone.
    • Politics, when it is an art and a service, not an exploitation, is about acting for an ideal through realities.
    • No policy is worth anything outside of reality.
    • How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?
    • I am not ill. But do not worry, one day, I will certainly die.
    • Men can have friends, statesmen cannot.
    • The future does not belong to men...
    • Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
    • The sword is the axis of the world and grandeur cannot be divided.
    • Nothing great is done without great men, and they are great because they wanted it.
    • France was built with swords. The fleur-de-lis, symbol of national unity, is only the image of a spear with three pikes.
    • The desire of privilege and the taste of equality are the dominant and contradictory passions of the French of all times.
    • Nothing builds authority up like silence, splendor of the strong and shelter of the weak.
    • It is better to have a bad method than to have none.
    • Character is the virtue of hard times.
    • Anything can happen someday, even that an act conforming to honour and honesty can end up, at the end of the line, as a good political decision.
    • The leader is always alone before bad fates.
    • Difficulty attracts the characterful man, for it is by grasping it that he fulfils himself.
    • The government has no propositions to make, but orders to give.
    • France cannot be France without greatness.
    • The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
    • How do they expect a one-party system to work in a country which has over 246 different kinds of cheese?
    • Always go for the highest position, it is generally the least crowded.
    • The important things which were said to humanity were always simple things.
    • Treaties are like roses and young girls; they last while they last.
    • You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
    • That's a tall order, indeed.
    • To General Jacques Massu : Alors Massu, toujours aussi con ? (So, Massu, still that stupid?)
    • I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
    • There are three roads to ruin: by gambling, which is the quickest; through women, which is the most pleasurable; and through taking the advice of experts, which is the most certain.
    • In the name of policy, change your friends.
    • Within ten years we shall have whatever is necessary to kill 80 million Russians. Well I reckon one does not light-heartly attack people who are able to kill 80 million Russians, even if one can kill 800 million French, that is if there were 800 million French.
    • Brazil is not a serious country.
    • Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
    • Why do you think that at 67 I would start a career as a dictator ?
    • Of course one can jump up and down yelling Europe ! Europe ! Europe ! But it amounts to nothing and it means nothing.
    • They make me laugh with their 'Rubicon': 'Rubicon', 'Rubicon', what does it mean ?
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