"We are a big country, with lots of advantages and history. We are proud to be French. We have to call on patriotism at this time... to ask for an effort in the battle against debt."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Francois Hollande on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Francois Hollande on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Francois Hollande on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Francois Hollande on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Francois Hollande on Thomas Jefferson
"I perfectly understood President Obama's attitude throughout the French presidential campaign. He had no reason to distance himself from Nicolas Sarkozy. It's the basic solidarity that leaders who worked together owe to each other."
"An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home."
"Each country has a soul, and France's soul is equality."
"I want the French people to respect values that allow each individual to practice his or her faith, but in the frame of our common rules of secularism."
"We are near, very near, to an end to the eurozone crisis... The worst - in the sense of the fear of the eurozone breaking up - is over. But the best isn't there yet."