Charles de Gaulle Biography

Born asCharles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle
Occup.Leader
FromFrance
SpouseYvonne de Gaulle
BornNovember 22, 1890
Lille, Nord, France
DiedNovember 9, 1970
Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Haute-Marne, France
CauseNatural causes
Aged79 years
Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle was born upon November 22, 1890, in Lille, France, to a devoutly Catholic, patriotic family members. He matured in a cultured, educated house, bordered by comprehensive discussions on French background as well as national politics. From a young age, de Gaulle felt a strong inner voice to his country, which led him to enlist in the respected Saint-Cyr Military college in 1909.

Upon finishing in 1912, de Gaulle saw action throughout World war, where he was wounded as well as later on taken as a prisoner of battle. After several retreat attempts, de Gaulle was released in 1918. These experiences shaped his understanding of the value of military strategy, as well as throughout the 1920s and also 1930s, he created and also talked regarding armed forces doctrine as well as strategies.

De Gaulle's expertise as an army strategist captured the attention of General Philippe Pétain, and they worked carefully together. However, their alliance fractured after the discouraging loss to Nazi Germany in 1940. Pétain chose to authorize an armistice and also collaborate with the Germans, while de Gaulle contradicted this surrender. Rather, de Gaulle traveled to London, where he came to be the leader of the Free French movement and worked non-stop to rally and rearrange French resistance. His memorable speech on June 18, 1940, contacted the French individuals to stand up to the German line of work.

Over the next a number of years, de Gaulle constructed strong partnerships with the Allied powers, particularly with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and also United States Head Of State Franklin D. Roosevelt. These relationships, despite tensions, aided safeguard necessary support for the French Resistance. After the D-Day touchdowns as well as the subsequent freedom of France, de Gaulle returned to Paris in August 1944, where he was met immense adulation.

In 1945, de Gaulle was elected Head of state of the newly developed Provisional Government of the French Republic, where he managed the application of constitutional reform and the taking down of the Vichy regimen. Nevertheless, de Gaulle unexpectedly resigned in 1946 as a result of political differences.

De Gaulle continued to be preferred amongst the French individuals as well as, in 1958, he was chosen President of France, where he established the brand-new French Constitution and also the Fifth Republic. Throughout this period, he developed France's independent nuclear deterrent and also worked to strengthen the French economic climate. De Gaulle also launched a controversial policy of autonomy for the French colonies in North Africa, which resulted in the Algerian Battle of Independence (1954-1962).

De Gaulle's presidency faced many social and political obstacles, such as large pupil demonstrations as well as worker strikes in 1968. These occasions led to a decline in his appeal, as well as he selected not to look for re-election in 1969. Charles de Gaulle passed away of a cardiovascular disease on November 9, 1970, at his home in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, France. His heritage as a battle hero, visionary leader, and key architect of modern France remains to inspire the French individuals as well as future generations.

Our collection contains 50 quotes who is written / told by Charles, under the main topics: Pet - Men.

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50 Famous quotes by Charles de Gaulle

Small: The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people wh
"The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines"
Small: The graveyards are full of indispensable men
"The graveyards are full of indispensable men"
Small: The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs
"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs"
Small: I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians
"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians"
Small: China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese
"China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese"
Small: The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute
"The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute"
Small: Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop
"Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop"
Small: I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them
"I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them"
Small: Only peril can bring the French together. One cant impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 2
"Only peril can bring the French together. One can't impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese"
Small: Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back
"Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back"
Small: I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take t
"I have against me the bourgeois, the military and the diplomats, and for me, only the people who take the Metro"
Small: France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war
"France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war"
Small: Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone
"Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone"
Small: To govern is always to choose among disadvantages
"To govern is always to choose among disadvantages"
Small: A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which ke
"A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless"
Small: There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt
"There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt"
Small: I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge
"I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge"
Small: How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?
"How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?"
Small: You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally you
"You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul"
Small: No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent
"No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent"
Small: Never relinquish the initiative
"Never relinquish the initiative"
Small: In politics it is necessary either to betray ones country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the ele
"In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate"
Small: I was France
"I was France"
Small: I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot p
"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"
Small: Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is the only place where someone spe
"Hearing Mass is the ceremony I most favor during my travels. Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back"
Small: Dont ask me whos influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs hes digested, and Ive been reading all m
"Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life"
Small: Authority doesnt work without prestige, or prestige without distance
"Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance"
Small: We are not here to laugh
"We are not here to laugh"
Small: One does not arrest Voltaire
"One does not arrest Voltaire"
Small: No nation has friends only interests
"No nation has friends only interests"
Small: France cannot be France without greatness
"France cannot be France without greatness"
Small: Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, take
"Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own"
Small: As an adolescent I was convinced that France would have to go through gigantic trials, that the interes
"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"
Small: A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends
"A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends"
Small: You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless
"You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless"
Small: When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself
"When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself"
Small: The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks
"The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks"
Small: One cannot govern with buts
"One cannot govern with 'buts'"
Small: Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown
"Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown"
Small: For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her
"For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her"
Small: Youll live. Only the best get killed
"You'll live. Only the best get killed"
Small: Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution. We have to transform our ol
"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"
Small: It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so much h
"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"
Small: In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation now it is my friend. What other satisfactio
"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?"
Small: I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didnt have television then
"I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 - I didn't have television then"
Small: I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision is taken unanimously
"I have heard your views. They do not harmonize with mine. The decision is taken unanimously"
Small: Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last
"Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last"
Small: The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects
"The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects"
Small: Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word
"Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word"
Small: In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant
"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant"