Charles de Gaulle Quotes

Enjoy these inspirational Charles de Gaulle quotes. This famous French General, Writer and Statesman was born in 1890. And died in 1970. His words have motivated many.

A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
Charles de Gaulle

For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
Charles de Gaulle

To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
Charles de Gaulle

You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.
Charles de Gaulle

Never relinquish the initiative.
Charles de Gaulle

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
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

I have come to the conclusions that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
Charles de Gaulle

How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over two hundred varieties of cheese?
Charles de Gaulle

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.
Charles de Gaulle

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.
Charles de Gaulle


- Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
Charles de Gaulle



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