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