For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor
It's the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures victory
The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.
Ambition never is in a greater hurry than I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.
Liberty is a need felt by a small class of people whom nature has endowed with nobler minds than the mass of men;.... Consequently, it may be repressed with impunity. Equality, on the other hand, pleases the masses.
War is 90% information.
I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of my self, Caesar, and Alexander should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant-Jesus-s hould be able to stretch His hands across the centuries and control the destinies of men and nations.
Posterity will talk of Washington as the founder of a great empire, when my name shall be lost in the vortex of revolution.
There are two kinds of fidelity, that of dogs and that of cats; you, gentleman, have the fidelity of cats who never leave the house.
One must learn to forgive and not to hold a hostile, bitter attitude of mind, which offends those about us and prevents us from enjoying ourselves. One must recognize human shortcomings and adjust himself to them rather than to be constantly finding fault with them.
All great events hang by a single thread. The clever man takes advantage of everything, neglects nothing that may give him some added opportunity; the less clever man, by neglecting one thing, sometimes misses everything.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
How many things apparently impossible have nevertheless been performed by resolute men who had no alternative but death.
There are two merits that glorify a person: being courageous for a man and being virtuous for a woman. Besides these two, there is another merit that glorifies both man and woman: so much loving the homeland to an extent with being ready to sacrifice his/her life, if needed. Turks are such courageou
Machiavelli is right: one always must live with one's friends with the idea that they may turn into one's enemies. He should have said, with everyone.
The logical end to defensive warfare is surrender.
If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard all hostility for them.
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.
Act swiftly and vigorously, without 'buts' and 'ifs'...
I engage and after that I see what to do.
I made all my generals out of mud. Napoleon Bonapart
In these days the invention of printing, and the diffusion of knowledge, render historical calumnies a little less dangerous: truth will always prevail in the long run, but how slow its progress!
To command, you must first of all speak to the eyes.
The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks. Napoleon Bonapart
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Keep a good table and attend to the ladies.
To live, is to suffer; and the honest man is always fighting to be master of his own mind.
I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them. It did me little good to be holding the helm; no matter how strong my hands, the sudden and numerous waves were stronger still, and I was wise enough to yield to them rather than resist them obstinately and make the ship fo