"In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Charles de Gaulle on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Charles de Gaulle on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Charles de Gaulle on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Charles de Gaulle on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Charles de Gaulle on Joseph Stalin
"Old age is a shipwreck."
"Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone."
"You'll live. Only the best get killed."
"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."
"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."