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"Treaties, you see, are like girls and roses; they last while they last."

"In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate."
Politics

"The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks."

"There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt."

"The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines."

"A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends."

"Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone."

"France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war."

"Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back."

"Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so."

"No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent."

"I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."

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

"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?"

"The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute."

"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs."

"Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop."

"I always thought I was Jeanne d'Arc and Bonaparte. How little one knows oneself."

"For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her."

"One cannot govern with 'buts'."

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