Charles De Gaulle quotes

Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the Greatness of a road leading towards the unknown.
It will not be any European statesman who will unite Europe Europe will be united by the Chinese.
I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Mtro.
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
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.
I predict you will sink step by step into a bottomless quagmire, however much you spend in men and money. (On Vietnam War)
I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
The national task that had been incumbent upon me for 18 years is hereby confirmed.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country of the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.
How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over 200 varieties of cheeses
For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
In order to become the master the politician poses as the servant.
The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.
My dear and old country, here we are once again together faced with a heavy trial.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
What do you take me for, an idiot
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
Deliberation is the function of many, action is the function of one.
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.
Now I shall return to my village and there will remain at the disposition of the nation.
Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution. … We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.
You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul.
Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.
Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.
To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.
I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision is taken unanimously.
The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
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Charles Caleb Colton quotes

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.
Friendship often ends in love but love in friendship – never.
He that thinks himself the wisest is generally the least so.
Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.
The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.
Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead It is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.
The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least–the privilege of making others happy.
No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it for when we fail our pride supports us when we succeed, it betrays us.
He that knows himself, knows others and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men’s heads.
It is not so difficult a task to plant new truths, as to root out old errors for there is this paradox in men, they run after that which is new, but are prejudiced in favor of that which is old.
He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but by no means that he was not a fool.
Men will wrangle for religion write for it fight for it die for it anything but–live for it.
In America every woman has her set of girl-friends some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other’s affairs, who ‘come out’ together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude.
True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
There are two modes of establishing our reputation to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it.
We hate some persons because we do not know them and we will not know them because we hate them.
If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give.
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
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Blaise Pascal quotes

Fear not, provided you fear but if you fear not, then fear.
Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is, but let us consider the two possibilities. If you gain, you gain all if you lose you lose nothing. Hesitate not, then, to wager that He is.
The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, indicates a strange inversion.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man’s being unable to sit still in a room.
Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
The heart has arguments with which the logic of mind is not aquainted.
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.
Our heart has its reasons that reason cannot know.
All the miseries of mankind come from one thing, not knowing how to remain alone.
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
Nature has perfection, in order to show that she is the image of God and defects, to show that she is only his image.
We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.
It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.
Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
One must know oneself, if this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.
We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.
I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
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Benjamin Disraeli quotes

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts.
Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
A man who loses his money, gains, at the least, experience, and sometimes, something better.
Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
Knowledge must be gained by ourselves. Mankind may supply us with the facts but the results, even if they agree with previous ones, must be the work of our mind.
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
Never complain and never explain.
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Mediocrity can talk but it is for genius to observe.
We live in an age when to be young and indifferent can no longer be synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.
Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.
Said Waldershare, ‘Sensible men are all of the same religion.’ ‘And pray what is that’ … ‘Sensible men never tell.’
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
He is a self-made man, very much in love with his creator.
Change is inevitable. In a progressive country change is constant.
Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader
Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
Every great decision creates ripples–like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, For you will never go any higher that you think…
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
There are three kinds of lies lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Little things affect little minds.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
Fear makes us feel our humanity.
Man is a being born to believe. And if no church comes forward with its title-deeds of truth to guide him, he will find altars and idols in his own heart and his own imagination.
Success is the child of audacity.
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.
I never deny, I never contradict. I sometimes forget.
As a rule, he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life.
Sir, I say that justice is truth in action.
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
It destroys one’s nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being.
What we anticipate seldom occurs what we least expected generally happens.
It is well-known what a middleman is he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.
Youth is a blunder Manhood a struggle Old Age a regret.
As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
Ignorance never settles a question.
Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.
I repeat…that all power is a trust that we are accountable for its exercise that from the people, and for the people all springs, and all must exist.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal.
A precedent embalms a principle.
Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.
Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity.
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.
The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance.
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
When men are pure, laws are useless when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.
When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.
A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many of the prejudices of the few.
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Ayn Rand quotes

Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.
Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.
So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
Live a life as a monument to your soul.
If there is any one proof of a man’s incompetence, it is the stagnant mentality of a worker who, doing some small routine job in a vast undertaking, does not care to look beyond the lever of a machine, does not choose to know how the machine got there or what makes his job possible, and proclaims that the management of the undertaking is parasitical and unneccessary.
When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
America’s abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
The idea that ‘the public interest’ supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others.
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.
The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.
The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday…The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
Guilt is a rope that wears thin.
Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.
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