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.
Among so many conflicting ideas and so many different perspectives, the honest man is confused and distressed and the skeptic becomes wicked ... Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates, loots, and burns. Considering the alternative,
God is on the side with the best artillery
History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonapart
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
A prince should suspect everything.
Every means should be taken to attach the soldier to his colours.
Man loves the marvelous. It has an irresistible charm for him. He is always ready to leave that with which he is familiar to pursue vain inventions. He lends himself to his own deception.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. Napoleon Bonap
I like honest men of all colors.
Artillery is more essential to cavalry than to infantry, because cavalry has no fire for its defence, but depends on the sabre.
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
Providence is always on the side of the last reserve.
All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before a single word: faith.
When I had the honor to be a second lieutenant, I ate dry bread, but I never let anyone know that I was poor.
Public instruction should be the first object of government.
The best way to make every one poor is to insist on equality of wealth.
When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
A society without religion is like a vessel without compass.
A Government protected by foreigners will never be accepted by a free people.
To command, you must first of all speak to the eyes.
Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
My generals are a parcel of post inspectors.
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.
Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
I shall be an Attila to Venice.
A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.
Fashion condemns us to many follies, the greatest is to make oneself its slave.
The best generals are those who have served in the artillery.
Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.