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Georges Clemenceau Quotes


A French journalist, physician and statesman. He served as Prime Minister from 1906 to 1909 and from 1917 to 1920.
(1841 - 1929)

A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land, is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne.
 

A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he's not a man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning a ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must act as you breathe.
[Action]
 

A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed - I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
 

All that I know I learned after I was thirty.
[Experience]
 

All the great pleasures in life are silent.
 

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
 

Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.
[Begin]
 

Everything I know I learned after I was thirty.
 

I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war.
[Peace]
 

It is far easier to make war than peace.
 

My home policy: I wage war; my foreign policy: I wage war. All the time I wage war.
 

There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function.
 

War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.
[War]
 

War is much too important a matter to be left to the generals.
[War]
 

When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.
[Action]