Charles de Gaulle
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 – I didn’t have television then.
When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.
One does not arrest Voltaire.
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.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.
Old age is a shipwreck.
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?
Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution. We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.
As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interest of life consisted in one day rendering her some signal service and that I would have the occasion to do so.
I was France.
Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last.
We are not here to laugh.
France cannot be France without greatness.
I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.