I predict you will sink step by step into a bottomless quagmire, however much you spend in men and money. (On Vietnam War)
You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
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.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country of the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Old age is a shipwreck.
How can you be expected to govern a country that has 246 kinds of cheese?
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.
Deliberation is the function of many, action is the function of one.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
What do you take me for, an idiot
My dear and old country, here we are once again together faced with a heavy trial.
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
In order to become the master the politician poses as the servant.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese
How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over 200 varieties of cheeses
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
The national task that had been incumbent upon me for 18 years is hereby confirmed.
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Mtro.