"All my life I have had a certain idea of France."

"At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of belief, of opinion, of work, of leisure."

"Character is the virtue of hard times."

"Difficulty attracts a man of character, for it is by embracing it that he fulfils himself."

"France cannot be France without greatness."

"France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war."

"France has no friends, only interests."

"France was built with swords. The fleur-de-lis, symbol of national unity, is only the image of a spear with three pikes."

"How can you govern a country that has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?"

"I am a man who belongs to no-one and who belongs to everyone."

"I am not ill. But do not worry, one day, I will certainly die."

"I have understood you!

"It is better to have a bad method than to have none."

"Let us be firm, pure and faithful; at the end of our sorrow, there is the greatest glory of the world, that of the men who did not give in."

"Long live Montreal, Long live Quebec! Long live Free Quebec!"

"Men can have friends, statesmen cannot."

"No policy is worth anything outside of reality."

"Nothing builds authority up like silence, splendor of the strong and shelter of the weak."

"Now she is like everyone else."

"Of course one can jump up and down yelling Europe ! Europe ! Europe ! But it amounts to nothing and it means nothing."

"Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first."

"Politics, when it is an art and a service, not an exploitation, is about acting for an ideal through realities."

"The cabinet has no propositions to make, but orders to give."

"The desire of privilege and the taste of equality are the dominant and contradictory passions of the French of all times."

"The leader is always alone before bad fates."

"The sword is the axis of the world and grandeur cannot be divided."

"Why do you think that at 67 I would start a career as a dictator?"

"Yes, it is Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals, it is Europe, it is the whole of Europe, that will decide the fate of the world."

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