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Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) quotes

 

  • A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.
  • A constitution should be short and obscure.
  • A leader is a dealer in hope.
  • A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.
  • A man will fight harder for his interestes than for his rights.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words.
  • A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.
  • A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
  • A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
  • A true man hates no one.
  • Ability is nothing without opportunity.
  • All religions have been made by men.
  • Among those who dislike oppresion are many who like to oppress.
  • An army marches on its stomach.
  • Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
  • Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
  • From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
  • Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
  • He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
  • History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
  • If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
  • If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
  • Imagination rules the world.
  • Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
  • In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
  • In politics, never retreat, never retract, never admit a mistake.
  • It is the cause and not the death that makes the martyr.
  • It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
  • Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
  • Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
  • Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
  • Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
  • One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
  • One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
  • Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
  • Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
  • Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
  • The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.
  • The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
  • The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
  • The French complain about everything, and always.
  • The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
  • The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
  • The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
  • There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
  • Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
  • To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.
  • Victory belongs to the most persevering.
  • We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
  • You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
  • You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.