Georges Clemenceau

(Georges Benjamin Clemenceau)

Georges Clemenceau
Georges Clemenceau
  • Born: September 28, 1841
  • Died: November 24, 1929
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Leader









Georges Benjamin Clemenceau was a French politician who was Prime Minister of France during the First World War. A leading independent Radical, he played a central role in the politics of the French Third Republic.

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… the war which began on August 1st, 1914, was the greatest crime against humanity and the freedom of peoples that any nation, calling itself civilized, has ever consciously committed. For many years the rulers of Germany, true to the Prussian tradition, strove for a position of dominance in Europe. They were not satisfied with that growing prosperity and influence to which Germany was entitled, and which all other nations were willing to accord her, in the society of free and equal peoples. They required that they should be able to dictate and tyrannize to a subservient Europe, as they dictated and tyrannised over a subservient Germany. Germany's responsibility, however, is not confined to having planned and started the war. She is no less responsible for the savage and inhuman manner in which it was conducted. The Germans they deliberately carried out a series of promiscuous shootings and burnings with the sole object of terrifying the inhabitants into submission by the very frightfulness of their action. They were the first to use poisonous gas, notwithstanding the appalling suffering it entailed. They began the bombing and long distance shelling of towns for no military object, but solely for the purpose of reducing the morale of their opponents by striking at their women and children. They commenced the submarine campaign with its piratical challenge to international law, and its destruction of great numbers of innocent passengers and sailors, in mid ocean, far from succour, at the mercy of the winds and the waves, and the yet more ruthless submarine crews. They drove thousands of men and women and children with brutal savagery into slavery in foreign lands. They allowed barbarities to be practiced against their prisoners of war from which the most uncivilized people would have recoiled. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A drop of oil is worth a drop of blood. Energy
A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed—I know well. For it is a sign that he tried to surpass himself. Leaders & Leadership
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. History ;States. Nations & Nationhood
Even God Almighty has only ten. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Everything I have done has been wasted. In another 20 years France will be dead. Miscellaneous
Force is the law of the universe. It implacably determines the outcome of every conflict. Power
He who has no doubts cannot be kindly. Leaders & Leadership
How can I talk to a fellow [Woodrow Wilson] who thinks himself the first man in two thousand years to know anything about peace on earth? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I obtained the occupation of the Rhineland for fifteen years, with partial evacuation after five years. If Germany does not fulfill the treaty, there will be no evacuation either partial or definitive. At last I am no longer anxious. I have obtained almost everything I wanted. Negotiating & Negotiations
I speak for a nation which, more than any other, has fought and bled. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I won't budge; I will act like a hedgehog and wait until they come to talk to me. I will yield nothing. We will see if they can manage without me. Lloyd George is a trickster…. I don't like being double-crossed. Lloyd George has deceived me. He made me the finest promises, and now he breaks them. Negotiating & Negotiations
Ideology knows no boundaries. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My home policy: I wage war. My foreign policy: I wage war. All the time I wage war. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
My home policy? I wage war. My foreign policy? I wage war. Always, everywhere, I wage war. War & Peace
No, but the Germans have been to France twice in my lifetime. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
One is always somebody's reactionary. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The cemeteries are full of indispensable men. Leaders & Leadership
The conduct of Germany is almost unexampled in human history. The terrible responsibility which lies at her doors can be seen in the fact that not less than seven million dead lie buried in Europe, while more than twenty million others carry upon them the evidence of wounds and sufferings, because Germany saw fit to gratify her lust for tyranny by resort to war. War & Peace
The conduct of organized humanity requires brains, and, furthermore, educated brains. The right kind of temperament is equally essential. You wish to persuade, to overcome resistance, to impose your will in virtue of a heroic endurance, and you encounter every form of accusation and every degree of hatred with all their consequences. Is it not a task to make any man hesitate? Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The ideologue does not perform miracles. Very fittingly he confines himself to the deceptive charm of the realized abstraction. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The right to insult members of the government is inviolable. Freedom & Liberty
There are only two perfectly useless things in this world. One is an appendix and the other is Poincaré. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There is no rest for free peoples; rest is a monarchical idea. Freedom & Liberty
War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory. War & Peace
War is too serious a matter to be entrusted to generals. War & Peace
We have won the war. Now we have to win the peace, and it may be more difficult. War & Peace
We made war to the end—to the very end of the end. War & Peace
You led us to the greatest humiliation France has experienced in 20 years. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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. You must act as you breathe.
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. Life
All that I know I learned after I was thirty.
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.
I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace an interlude during war. War & Peace
In order to act, you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.
It is far easier to make war than peace. War & Peace
My home policy: I wage war; my foreign policy: I wage war. All the time I wage war. Time ;War & Peace
War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men. War & Peace