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Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first;
by 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

Related topics: Patriotism

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
- Charles de Gaulle

Old age is a shipwreck.
- Charles de Gaulle

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
- Charles de Gaulle

 

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
- Charles de Gaulle

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles de Gaulle

I have tried to lift France out of the mud.
But she will return to her errors and vomitings.
I cannot prevent the French from being French.
- Charles de Gaulle

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In politics it is necessary either to betray one's
country or the electorate.
I prefer to betray the electorate.
- Charles de Gaulle

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
- Charles de Gaulle

France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
- Charles de Gaulle

You'll live.
Only the best get killed.
- Charles de Gaulle

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.
- Charles de Gaulle

I was France.
- Charles de Gaulle

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men,
and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
- Charles de Gaulle

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.
- Charles de Gaulle

A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
- Charles de Gaulle

When I want to know what France thinks,
I ask myself.
- Charles de Gaulle

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

No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
- Charles de Gaulle

Diplomats are useful only in fair weather.
As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
- Charles de Gaulle

I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats,
and for me, only the people who take the Metro.
- Charles de Gaulle

I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.
- Charles de Gaulle

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

The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
- Charles de Gaulle

Deliberation is the work of many men.
Action, of one alone.
- Charles de Gaulle

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
- Charles de Gaulle

The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute.
- Charles de Gaulle

Authority doesn't work without prestige,
or prestige without distance.
- Charles de Gaulle

Church is the only place where someone speaks to me
and I do not have to answer back.
- Charles de Gaulle

You may be sure that the Americans will commit all
the stupidities they can think of,
plus some that are beyond imagination.
- Charles de Gaulle

China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.
- Charles de Gaulle

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.
- Charles de Gaulle

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

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.
- Charles de Gaulle

You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat,
then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.
- Charles de Gaulle

One cannot govern with 'buts'.
- Charles de Gaulle

There can be no prestige without mystery,
for familiarity breeds contempt.
- Charles de Gaulle

Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses;
they last while they last.
- Charles de Gaulle

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

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.
- Charles de Gaulle

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

I have heard your views.
They do not harmonize with mine.
The decision is taken unanimously.
- Charles de Gaulle

No nation has friends only interests.
- Charles de Gaulle

France cannot be France without greatness.
- Charles de Gaulle

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?
- Charles de Gaulle

Since a politician never believes what he says,
he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
- Charles de Gaulle

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

Treaties are like roses and young girls.
They last while they last.
- Charles de Gaulle

I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
- Charles de Gaulle

When I am right, I get angry.
Churchill gets angry when he is wrong.
We are angry at each other much of the time.
- Charles de Gaulle

Never relinquish the initiative.
- Charles de Gaulle

The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely,
thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people
who debate in narrow confines.
- 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

I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 -
I didn't have television then.
- Charles de Gaulle

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.
- Charles de Gaulle

I distinguish, between nationalism and patriotism.
- Michael Ignatieff

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag,
but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
- James Bryce

I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
- Bob Riley

The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy,
but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.
- George McGovern

Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
- Guy de Maupassant

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism,
and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
- Leo Tolstoy

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
- Clarence Darrow

I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English
man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel.
- George Galloway

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington

A man's country is not a certain area of land,
of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle
and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
- George William Curtis

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.
Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain
the true duty of patriots.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism.
A venerable word, when duly practised.
- Robert Walpole

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Howard Zinn

Patriotism is an instant reaction that fades away when the war starts.
- Mick Jagger

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
- Bertrand Russell


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