George Clemenceau

(1841–1929)

George Clemenceau

Anecdote 1...

Clemenceau loathed flying and always avoided it whenever possible. Before one flight he was heard to admonish the pilot, “Fly very cautiously, very slow, and very low.”

Quote-worthy...

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

~George Clemenceau
 

Anecdote 2...

President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points (1918) outlined the proposals for a peace settlement after World War I. Clemenceau, unimpressed, remarked, “Even God Almighty only has ten.”

Biographical Note: 

Clemenceau was a French statesman, prime minister (1906-09, 1917-20), known as “the Tiger.” As a member of the Chamber of Deputies (1876-93) he became renowned for his vehement polemics, which he also exercised in journalism. He strengthened ties with Britain during his first premiership and during the early years of World War I attacked the defeatism of the French government. He played a major role in the treaties after the war ended.