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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.
The perfection preached in the Gospels never yet built up an empire. Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be forgiven him, indeed, they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make of them the means to achieve great ends.
You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
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 have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Mtro.
I predict you will sink step by step into a bottomless quagmire, however much you spend in men and money. (On Vietnam War)
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country of the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the Greatness of a road leading towards the unknown.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
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