Generals who save troops for the next day are always beaten.
This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirre
Unavailable wars are always just.
God has decreed that there be sick and poor in this world, but in the next it will be the other way around.
I have noticed in every campaign that I have fought-that there is a key segment of time, somewhere between 13 and 15 minutes in which the battle is won or lost. I focus on that segment of time, and I win.
Good infantry is without doubt the sinews of an army; but if it has to fight a long time against very superior artillery, it will become demoralized and will be destroyed.
All men of genius, and all those who have gained rank in the republic of letters, are brothers, whatever may be the land of their nativity.
There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.
Soldiers win battles and generals get the medals.
I do not believe it is in our nature to love impartially. We deceive ourselves when we think we can love two beings, even our own children, equally. There is always a dominant affection.
What is a throne? - a bit of wood gilded and covered in velvet. I am the state- I alone am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached me in public - people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander. Napoleon Bonap
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
Imagination rules the world.
The worse the troops the greater the need of artillery.
What is the government? Nothing, unless supported by opinion.
The first quality of a soldier is constancy in enduring fatigue and hardship. Courage is only the second. Poverty privation and want are the school of the good soldier.
A new-born Government must shine and astonish - the moment it loses its Ã©clat it falls.
Democracy, if it is reasonable, limits itself to giving everyone an equal opportunity to compete and to obtain.
I have fought sixty battles, and I have learnt nothing which I did not know at the beginning.
Give me enough medals and Iâ€™ll win you any war
I must see her and press her to my heart. I love her to the point of madness, and I cannot continue to be separated from her. If she no longer loved me, I would have nothing left to do on earth.
Whatever you ardently and passionately desire, that you obtain.
Remember, gentlemen, what a Roman emperor said: The corpse of an enemy always smells sweet.
It must be recognized that the real truths of history are hard to discover. Happily, for the most part, they are rather matters of curiosity than of real importance.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die?
You cannot drag a man's conscience before any tribunal, and no one is answerable for his religious opinions to any power on earth.
What a solace Christianity must be to one who has an undoubted conviction of its truth!