Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
France cannot be France without greatness.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart from the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.
Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
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.
How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.
Old age is a shipwreck.
Only peril can bring the French together. One can’t impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.
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.
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surmised to be taken at his word.
A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
Never relinquish the initiative.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, ply some that are beyond imagination.
When I want to know that France thinks, I as myself.
Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.
Faced with crisis, the man of character fall back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
No nation has friend only interests.
I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomiting. I cannot prevent the French from being French.