René Lévesque

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A bust of Rene Levesque at Hydro-Quebec.

René Lévesque (August 24, 1922November 1, 1987) was a reporter, minister of the Quebec government (1960–1966), founder of the Parti Québécois and the 23rd Premier of Quebec (1976–1985).

Quotes[edit]

  • Il est un temps où le courage et l'audace tranquilles deviennent pour un peuple aux moments clés de son existence la seule forme de prudence convenable. S'il n'accepte pas alors le risque calculé des grandes étapes, il peut manquer sa carrière à tout jamais, exactement comme l'homme qui a peur de la vie.
    • There is a time when quiet courage and audacity become for a people at the key moments of its existence the only form of adequate caution. If it does not then accept the calculated risk of the great steps, it can miss its career forever, exactly like the man who is afraid of life.
    • On the plaque in front of his statue on the hill of the National Assembly of Quebec.
  • Est Québécois qui veut l'être.
    • Whoever wants to be a Quebecer is one.
    • Victory speech, 1976 Quebec election.
  • Je n'ai jamais pensé que je pourrais être aussi fier d'être Québécois.
    • I never thought that I could be so proud to be Quebecer. [1]
    • Victory speech, 1976 Quebec election.
  • On n'est pas un petit peuple, on est peut-être quelque chose comme un grand peuple.
    • We are not a small people, we are maybe something of a great people.
    • Victory speech, 1976 Quebec election. [2]
  • Si j'ai bien compris, vous êtes en train de me dire: à la prochaine fois.
    • If I understood you well, you are telling me: Next time. [3] ([4]
    • Concession speech, 1980 Quebec referendum.
  • Mais j'ai confiance qu'un jour... y'a un rendez-vous normal avec l'Histoire que le Québec tiendra, et j'ai confiance qu'on sera là, ensemble, pour y assister.
    • But I have confidence that one day... there's a normal rendezvous with History that Quebec will hold, and I have confidence that we shall be there, together, to witness it. [5][6]
    • Concession speech, 1980 Quebec referendum.

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