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Georges Benjamin Clemenceau

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

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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.

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

— Georges Clemenceau
Context: 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. 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

„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
Context: 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. 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.

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„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
Context: 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. 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

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

— Georges Clemenceau
Context: There are only two perfectly useless things in this world. One is an appendix and the other is Poincaré. Referring to his rival Raymond Poincaré, as quoted in Paris 1919 : Six Months That Changed the World (2003) by Margaret MacMillan, p. 33

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

— Georges Clemenceau
Context: 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. Conversation with Jean Martet (18 December 1927), Ch. 11, p. 167.

„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 Variant: Fourteen? The good Lord had only ten. 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.

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„It was I who gave the title "J'accuse" to Zola's letter.“

— Georges Clemenceau
Letter (19 June 1902), in which he claims to have chosen the headline title for Émile Zola's famous open letter on the Dreyfus affair, as quoted in Clemenceau (1974) by D. R. Watson, and Brewer's Famous Quotations : 5000 Quotations and the Stories Behind Them (2006) by Nigel Rees

„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

„Americans have no capacity for abstract thought, and make bad coffee.“

— Georges Clemenceau
As quoted in The Europeans (1984) by Luigi Barzini, p. 225

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

— Georges Clemenceau
Attributed to Clemenceau by Hans Bendix, in "Merry Christmas, America!" The Saturday Review of Literature (1 December 1945), p. 9; this appears to be the earliest reference to such a remark as one by Clemenceau, though earlier, in Frank Lloyd Wright : An Autobiography (1943) there is mention that "A witty Frenchman has said of us: 'The United States of America is the only nation to plunge from barbarism to degeneracy with no culture in between.'" Similar remarks are sometimes attributed without a source to Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Variants: America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to decadence without the usual interval of civilization. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilisation in between.

„For you a hundred years is a very long time; for us it does not amount to much. I knew men who had seen Napoleon with their own eyes. We have our conception of history and it cannot be the same as yours.“

— Georges Clemenceau
Remarks to Woodrow Wilson (28 March 1919), quoted in Anthony Adamthwaite, Grandeur and Misery: France's Bid for Power in Europe 1914-1940 (London: Arnold, 1995), p. 49.

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