The true policy of government is to make use of aristocracy, but under the forms and in the spirit of democracy.
There is no strength without justice.
The true wealth of a state consists in the number of its inhabitants, in their toil and industry.
Occupation is the scythe of time.
In time of revolution, with perseverance and courage, a soldier should think nothing impossible.
A woman laughing is a woman conquered.
A society without religion is like a vessel without compass.
From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. Napoleon Bonapart
I have destroyed the enemy merely by marches.
I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them.
Good and decent people must be protected and persuaded by gentle means, but the rabble must be led by terror.
In war one must lean on an obstacle in order to overcome it.
Women are nothing but machines for producing children.
There is no man more pusillanimous than I when I am planning a campaign. I purposely exaggerate all the dangers and all the calamities that the circumstances make possible. I am in a thoroughly painful state of agitation. This does not keep me from looking quite serene in front of my entourage; I am
Wherever flowers cannot be reared, there man cannot live.
A prince should suspect everything.
My generals are a parcel of post inspectors.
Take a dose of medicine once, and in all probability you will be obliged to take an additional hundred afterwards
A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised.
Charges of cavalry are equally useful at the beginning, the middle and the end of a battle. They should be made always, if possible, on the flanks of the infantry, especially when the latter is engaged in front.
Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it.
The basic principle that we must follow in directing the armies of the Republic is this: that they must feed themselves on war at the expense of the enemy territory.
It is my wish that my ashes may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I have loved so well.
Victory and disaster establish indestructible bonds between armies and their commanders.
Being in the Tuileries is not everything: what matters is to stay here.
The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
What is history but a fable agreed upon? Napoleon Bonapart
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy. Napoleon Bonapart
We are nothing but by the law.