Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
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Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends.
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Old age is a shipwreck.
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When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.
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Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
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France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war.
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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.
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Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
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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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Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop.
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For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
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The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
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In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
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How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese?
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No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
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I respect only those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.
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Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
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I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
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Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
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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?
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Treaties are like roses and young girls -- they last while they last
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The sword is the axis of the world, and grandeur is indivisible.
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Gaulle, Charles De

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