France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
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.
The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.
I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.
Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance.
No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
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.
One does not arrest Voltaire.
The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.
How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.
To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
Old age is a shipwreck.
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.
You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.