Bourguiba warning the French-"it will mean war." "Today I am the President of the Republic, but I will be the first to join the Maquis." "Tunisia is always ready to turn the page." "I have promised the Tunisian people that the French army will go, If I fail, I will be swept away."
Of all tyrannies in history, the Bolshevik tyranny is the worst, the most destructive, the most degrading. Every British and French soldier killed last year was really done to death by Lenin and Trotskynot in fair war, but by the treacherous desertion of an ally without parallel in the history of the world.Lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill
So far as one can generalize, the most graciouis, cultivated, and innovative people in this country are French Canadians. Certainly they have given us the most exciting politicians of our time: Trudeau, Lévesque. Without them, Canada would be an exceedingly boring and greatly diminished place.Mordecai Richler
Except by name, Jean Paul Friedrich Richter is little known out of Germany. The only thing connected with him, we think, that has reached this country is his saying, imported by Madame de Staël, and thankfully pocketed by most newspaper critics, "Providence has given to the French the empire of the land; to the English that of the sea; to the Germans that of the air!"thomas carlyle
But at no one time had he given an unqualified opinion of the governments which succeeded that event [the abolition of the French monarchy]; much less would he stand pledged to give the least countenance to the scenes of blood and cruelty which had been the almost inseparable attendants on the varied and successive governments that followed one another. He formed his opinion of government by the test of practice, and not by the theory and on paper.charles james fox
After retaining power for two months and ten days, the workers of Paris, who for the first time in history established the Commune, the embryo of Soviet power, perished at the hands of the French Cadets, Mensheviks and Right Socialist-Revolutionaries of a Kaledin type. The French workers had to pay an unprecedentedly heavy price for the first experience of workers' government, the meaning and purpose of which the overwhelming majority of the peasants in France did not know.“Report on the Activities of the Council of People’s Commissars” (23-31 January 1918), as translated by Yuri Sdobnikov and George Hanna, Collected Works, Vol. 26, pp. 459-61
The French public seem to estimate the master pieces of their favorite tragic poets chiefly by the number of fine quotable passages they supply; while their critics estimate their worth by their conformity with certain purely artificial rules.Arthur Thomas Malkin, Distinguished Men of Modern Times Charles Knight & Co., Ludgate-Street, (1838)
The words of the great French anthem rang out over the town square, sung for the first time by liberated Frenchmen in the free capital of Normandy and sung with such a feeling of life and warmth as has not been heard in France for four years.... Paris is the happiest city in the world tonight. All Paris is dancing in the streets.Larry LeSueur, quotes in Goldstein, Richard. "Larry LeSueur, Pioneering War Correspondent, Dies at 93", (obituary), The New York Times, February 7, 2003, accessed June 21, 2011, from a radio broadcast following the 1944 Liberation of Paris.
Though the Nizams who came after Asif Jha I still were wealthy, they were not capable administrators and policy-makers like the first Nizam. So, they were slowly subordinated by the growing French and British powers on the peninsula .S. Ravi, in p.4 (An African Indian Community in Hyderabad: Siddi Identity, Its Maintenance ...)
A French Author has found out that the French music is for the heart; Italian music, for the ear only: but I do not know how it is to get at the one but by means of the other, and I fancy that which does not please the ear, will never find its way to the heart. I think it is Confucius who says, that the state of music is a proof of the good or bad customs of a country. The French nation would lose by such a judgment and the Italian gain more than it deserves.Familiar letters from Italy, to a friend in England (1805) by Sir Peter Beckford (1740-1811), Vol. 2
The people of the two nations [French and English] must be brought into mutual dependence by the supply of each other's wants. There is no other way of counteracting the antagonism of language and race. It is God's own method of producing an entente cordiale, and no other plan is worth a farthing.Richard Cobden, letter to M. Michel Chevalier (Sept., 1859). "Entente cordiale," used by Queen Victoria to Lord John Russell (Sept. 7, 1848). Littré (Dict.) dates its use to speech in The Chamber of Deputies, 1840–41. Phrase in a letter written by the Dutch Governor-General at Batavia to the Bewinikebbers (directors) at Amsterdam (Dec. 15, 1657). See Notes and Queries (Sept. 11, 1909), p. 216. Early examples given in Stanford Dictionary. Cobden probably first user to make the phrase popular. Quoted also by Lord Aberdeen. Phrase appeared in the Foreign Quarterly Review (Oct., 1844). Used by Louis Philippe in a speech from the throne (Jan., 1843), to express friendly relations between France and England.
We look at this as the best of all possible worlds, but the French know it isn't, because most people speak English.Mark Olson at the "Histories: The Way We Weren't" panel at Boskone 28
A tunnel underneath the sea from Calais straight to Dover, Sir, The squeamish folks may cross by land from shore to shore, With sluices made to drown the French, if e'er they would come over, Sir, Has long been talk'd of, till at length 'tis thought a monstrous bore.Theodore Hook, Bubbles of 1825, in John Bull (1825)
"...we must think and act not only for the moment but for our time. I am reminded of the story of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon.'"John F. Kennedy, "Address in Berkeley at the University of California, (109)," March 23, 1962 Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1962.
Neither ridiculous shriekings for revenge by French chauvinists, nor the Englishmen's gnashing of teeth, nor the wild gestures of the Slavs will turn us from our aim of protecting and extending German influence all the world over.Official secret report of the Germans, quoted in the French Yellow Book.