„I recall the nomination of M. Poincaré seven years ago. It was almost a revolution... A man of great talent, sprung from a family of high morality and worthy in every respect... The coming of M. Poincaré was greeted as announcing the dawn of a new era. A patriotic policy was about to succeed a regime of diminution and debasement. It was expected that this Lorrainer, an orator, an upright man, a patriot... would revive the country... I do not hesitate to say that the total good in his activity is greater than the total of bad... he never weakened... his influence and his action were judicious, useful, and even very effective... Finally, if the country has maintained an honorable and worthy appearance, it is because he who represented it knew how to be worthy and honest himself.“
— Raymond Poincaré
Germain Bapst's diary entry (18 February 1920), quoted in Gordon Wright, Raymond Poincaré and the French Presidency (New York: Octagon Books, 1967), pp. 241-242.