I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
I might have had trouble saving France in 1946 – I didn’t have television then.
The true statesman is the one who is willing to take risks.
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.
In politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.
We are not here to laugh.
But by reading them again and again finally I was able to grasp the essential part. What emotion, enthusiasm, enlightenment and confidence they communicated to me! I wept for joy.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.
I only follow one party: the Vietnamese party.
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.