Zitate von Georges Benjamin Clemenceau

Georges Benjamin Clemenceau Foto
0   0

Georges Benjamin Clemenceau

Geburtstag: 28. September 1841
Todesdatum: 24. November 1929

Georges Benjamin Clemenceau [ʒɔʀʒ bɛ̃ʒaˈmɛ̃ klemɑ̃ˈso] war ein französischer Journalist, Politiker und Staatsmann der Dritten Republik. Als einer der führenden Vertreter des linksbürgerlichen Parti radical war er von 1906 bis 1909 und noch einmal von 1917 bis 1920 französischer Ministerpräsident.

Er trat 1899 als Fürsprecher eines Wiederaufnahmeverfahrens zur Rehabilitierung von Alfred Dreyfus sowie als Befürworter einer harten Politik gegenüber Deutschland nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg hervor.

Zitate Georges Benjamin Clemenceau

„War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Statement to Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference (12 January 1919), as quoted in The Macmillan Dictionary of Political Quotations (1993) by Lewis D. Eigen and Jonathan Paul Siegel, p. 689
Prime Minister

„Mr. Wilson bores me with his Fourteen Points; why, God Almighty has only Ten!“

—  Georges Clemenceau

As quoted in The Hero in America: A Chronicle of Hero-worship (1941) by Dixon Wecter, p. 402
As quoted in Clemenceau and the Third Republic (1946) by John Hampden Jackson
Original French, as quoted in The End of an Age, and Other Essays (1948) by William Ralph Inge, p. 139: Quatorze? Le bon Dieu n'a que dix.
Prime Minister
Variante: Fourteen? The good Lord had only ten.

„There are only two perfectly useless things in this world. One is an appendix and the other is Poincaré.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Referring to his rival Raymond Poincaré, as quoted in Paris 1919 : Six Months That Changed the World (2003) by Margaret MacMillan, p. 33

„All that I know I learned after I was thirty.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

As quoted in And Madly Teach : A Layman Looks at Public School Education (1949) by Mortimer Brewster Smith, p. 27
Post-Prime Ministerial

„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.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Conversation with Jean Martet (1 June 1928), Ch. 30
Clemenceau, The Events of His Life (1930)

„A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he’s not a man of action.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Conversation with Jean Martet (18 December 1927), Ch. 11, p. 167.
Clemenceau, The Events of His Life (1930)
Kontext: 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.

„To me the scene possessed only the horror of a slaughter-house.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

South America To-Day : A Study of Conditions, Social, Political, and Commercial in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil (1911) http://www.archive.org/details/southamericatoda011092mbp Ch. 14, Brazilian Coffee, p. 395
Kontext: In the distance huge trees were still blazing, around us was a waste of ashes and of half-consumed boughs, and the falling rain seemed only to quicken the dying conflagration. In some of the great green boles were fearful gaping wounds through which the sap was oozing, while some tall trees still stretched to heaven their triumphant crown of foliage above a trunk all charred that would never sprout again. The Brazilians contemplate spectacles such as this with a wholly indifferent eye, and, indeed, even with satisfaction, for they see in the ruin only a promise of future harvests. To me the scene possessed only the horror of a slaughter-house.

„America is far away and protected by the ocean, England could not be reached by Napoleon himself. You are sheltered, both of you; we are not.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Speech at the Paris Peace Conference (27 March 1919), quoted in Anthony Adamthwaite, Grandeur and Misery: France's Bid for Power in Europe 1914-1940 (London: Arnold, 1995), p. 40.
Kontext: After expending the greatest effort, and suffering the greatest sacrifices in blood in all history, we must not compromise the results of our victory... if the League of Nations cannot buttress its orders with military sanctions we must find this sanction elsewhere... I beg you to understand my state of mind, just as I am trying to understand yours. America is far away and protected by the ocean, England could not be reached by Napoleon himself. You are sheltered, both of you; we are not.

„In the distance huge trees were still blazing, around us was a waste of ashes and of half-consumed boughs, and the falling rain seemed only to quicken the dying conflagration.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

South America To-Day : A Study of Conditions, Social, Political, and Commercial in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil (1911) http://www.archive.org/details/southamericatoda011092mbp Ch. 14, Brazilian Coffee, p. 395
Kontext: In the distance huge trees were still blazing, around us was a waste of ashes and of half-consumed boughs, and the falling rain seemed only to quicken the dying conflagration. In some of the great green boles were fearful gaping wounds through which the sap was oozing, while some tall trees still stretched to heaven their triumphant crown of foliage above a trunk all charred that would never sprout again. The Brazilians contemplate spectacles such as this with a wholly indifferent eye, and, indeed, even with satisfaction, for they see in the ruin only a promise of future harvests. To me the scene possessed only the horror of a slaughter-house.

„My home policy: I wage war. My foreign policy: I wage war. All the time I wage war.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Politique intérieure, je fais la guerre; politique extérieure, je fais la guerre. Je fais toujours la guerre.

"Discours de Guerre" [Speech on War] Chambre des Députés, Assemblée Nationale, Paris (8 March 1918)

„My son is 22 years old. If he had not become a Communist at 22, I would have disowned him. If he is still a Communist at 30, I will do it then.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

On being told his son had joined the Communist Party, as quoted in Try and Stop Me (1944) by Bennet Cerf
A statement similar in theme has also been attributed to Clemenceau:
A young man who isn't a socialist hasn't got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn't got a head.
As quoted in "Nice Guys Finish Seventh" : False Phrases, Spurious Sayings, and Familiar Misquotations (1992) by Ralph Keyes.
W. Gurney Benham in A Book of Quotations (1948) cites a statement by François Guizot as the earliest known expression of this general idea, stating that Clemenceau merely adapted the saying substituting socialiste for republicain:
N'être pas républicain à vingt ans est preuve d'un manque de cœur ; l'être après trente ans est preuve d'un manque de tête.
Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head.
Variations on this general idea have also been attributed or misattributed to many others, most commonly Winston Churchill, who is not known to have actually made any similar statement.
Post-Prime Ministerial

„War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

La guerre! C’est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaires.
Variant translation: War is too important a matter to be left to the military.
As quoted in Soixante Anneés d'Histoire Française (1932) by Georges Suarez
War is too serious a matter to leave to soldiers.
As quoted in Clemenceau and the Third Republic (1946) by John Hampden Jackson, p. 228; this has also become commonly paraphrased as: War is too important to be left to the generals.
Post-Prime Ministerial

„His poor marksmanship must be taken into account. We have just won the most terrible war in history, yet here is a Frenchman who misses his target 6 out of 7 times at point-blank range. Of course, this fellow must be punished for the careless use of a dangerous weapon and for poor marksmanship. I suggest that he be locked up for eight years, with intensive training in a shooting gallery.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Arguing against seeking the death penalty for the anarchist who had attempted to assassinate him on 19 February 1919, shooting at him seven times and hitting him only once in the chest, as quoted in A Time for Angels : The Tragicomic History of the League of Nations (1975) by Elmer Bendine, p. 106
Prime Minister

„The difficulty between us and Germany is this: that Germany believes that the logic of her victory means domination, while we do not believe that the logic of our defeat is serfdom“

—  Georges Clemenceau

vassalité

Speech to the Senate (10 February 1912), quoted in David Robin Watson, Georges Clemenceau: A Political Biography (London: Eyre Methuen, 1974), p. 220.

„[Clemenceau] said that the Rhine was a natural boundary of Gaul and Germany and that it ought to be made the German boundary now, the territory between the Rhine and the French frontier being made into an Independent State whose neutrality should be guaranteed by the great powers.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Quoted in a letter from the British Ambassador Lord Derby to Lord Balfour (14 December 1918), quoted in David Robin Watson, Georges Clemenceau: A Political Biography (London: Eyre Methuen, 1974), p. 337.
Prime Minister

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

—  Georges Clemenceau

As quoted in The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations (1998) by Connie Robertson, p. 86
Post-Prime Ministerial

„It is easier to make war than make peace.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

Il est plus facile de faire la guerre que la paix.
"Discours de Paix" [Speech on Peace] Verdun (20 July 1919)
Prime Minister

„Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.“

—  Georges Clemenceau

As quoted in The Unlawful Concert : An Account of the Presidio Mutiny Case (1970) by Fred Gardner.
Unsourced French: Il suffit d'ajouter "militaire" à un mot pour lui faire perdre sa signification. Ainsi la justice militaire n'est pas la justice, la musique militaire n'est pas la musique.
It suffices to add "military" to a word for it to lose its meaning. Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.

Ähnliche Autoren

Alfred De Musset Foto
Alfred De Musset6
französischer Schriftsteller
Stendhal Foto
Stendhal27
französischer Schriftsteller im 19. Jahrhundert
Charles Baudelaire Foto
Charles Baudelaire17
französischer Schriftsteller
Anatole France Foto
Anatole France12
französischer Schriftsteller
Arthur Rimbaud Foto
Arthur Rimbaud5
französischer Dichter, Abenteurer und Geschäftsmann
Léon Bloy Foto
Léon Bloy4
französischer Schriftsteller und Sprachphilosoph
Guy De Maupassant Foto
Guy De Maupassant8
französischer Schriftsteller und Journalist
Sully Prudhomme Foto
Sully Prudhomme30
französischer Dichter
Alexandre Dumas d.Ä. Foto
Alexandre Dumas d.Ä.7
französischer Schriftsteller
Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord Foto
Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord15
französischer Diplomat
Heutige Jubiläen
Johann Sebastian Bach Foto
Johann Sebastian Bach8
deutscher Komponist 1685 - 1750
Ludwig Feuerbach Foto
Ludwig Feuerbach29
deutscher Philosoph 1804 - 1872
Karl Raimund Popper Foto
Karl Raimund Popper33
österreichisch-britischer Philosoph und Wissenschaftstheore… 1902 - 1994
Harald Lesch Foto
Harald Lesch6
deutscher Astrophysiker, Fernsehmoderator und Professor 1960
Weitere 66 heutige Jubiläen
Ähnliche Autoren
Alfred De Musset Foto
Alfred De Musset6
französischer Schriftsteller
Stendhal Foto
Stendhal27
französischer Schriftsteller im 19. Jahrhundert
Charles Baudelaire Foto
Charles Baudelaire17
französischer Schriftsteller
Anatole France Foto
Anatole France12
französischer Schriftsteller
Arthur Rimbaud Foto
Arthur Rimbaud5
französischer Dichter, Abenteurer und Geschäftsmann