Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Henri Philippe Pétain (18561951)
Our spirit of enjoyment was stronger than our spirit of sacrifice. We wanted to have more than we wanted to give. We tried to spare effort, and met disaster.
Marshal HENRI PÉTAIN.Attributed to him in a caption, which said, Frenchmen heard Marshal Pétain pronounce this requiem over a lost France. The caption accompanies an article, Danger: Men Not at Work! by Hatton W. Summers, Nations Business, May 1941, p. 15.