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Famous Napoleon Bonaparte Quotations

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"History is a set of lies agreed upon."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"In politics stupidity is not a handicap."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A leader is a dealer in hope."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A Constitution should be short and obscure."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"The best cure for the body is a quiet mind."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Ability is of little account without opportunity."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Truth alone wounds."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Chance is the providence of adventurers."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"I made all my generals out of mud."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"It requires more courage to suffer than to die."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Let the path be open to talent."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Respect the burden."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A throne is only a bench covered with velvet."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Ability is nothing without opportunity."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"[Medicine is] a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"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."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"A true man hates no one."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"All religions have been made by men."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue - and thoroughly immoral - doctrine that violence never settles anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forgot this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and there freedoms."
by Robert Heinlein
"Chief of the Army."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"England is a nation of shopkeepers."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"France has more need of me than I have need of France."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"I have made noise enough in the world already, perhaps too much, and am now getting old, and want retirement"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"I have only one counsel for you - be master."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"If you want a thing done well, do it yourself."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"If you wish to be a sucess in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"In revolution there are only two sorts of men, those who cause them and those who profit by them"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"In politics, absurdity is not a handicap."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"It requires more courage to suffer than to die"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Medicines are only fit for old people."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Men will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Men are lead by trifles."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Men, in general, are but great children."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and it is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Never awake me when you have good news to announce, because with good news nothing presses but when you have bad news, arouse me immediately, for then there is not an instant to be lost."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.N.B. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. See also Napoleon Bonaparte."
by Plato
"Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping the common people quiet."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet"
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy."
by Napoleon Bonaparte
"Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy"
by Napoleon Bonaparte


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