America is a fortunate country. She grows by the follies of our European nations.
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.
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
Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich
Liberty and equality are magical words.
War justifies everything.
The practice of law sharpens the mind by making it narrow.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
All Italians are plunderers.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
Die young, and I shall accept your death-but not if you have lived without glory, without being useful to your country, without leaving a trace of your existence: for that is not to have lived at all.
A great European federative system alone can be favourable to the development of civilisation.
The implements to him who can handle them.
Hereditary succession to the magistracy is absurd, as it tends to make a property of it; it is incompatible with the sovereignty of the people.
Mankind are in the end always governed by superiority of intellectual faculties, and none are more sensible of this than the military profession. When, on my return from Italy, I assumed the dress of the Institute, and associated with men of science, I knew what I was doing: I was sure of not being
Act swiftly and vigorously, without 'buts' and 'ifs'...
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
A beautiful woman like eyes, and a good heart; One is a beautiful thing, and other treasures.
There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.
It is a mistake, too, to say that the face is the mirror of the soul. The truth is, men are very hard to know, and yet, not to be deceived, we must judge them by their present actions, but for the present only.
The allies we gain by victory will turn against us upon the bare whisper of our defeat.
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.
When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.
In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.
The people excited by ambitious demagogues, sooner or later return into the hands of the Aristocracy.
Public morals are natural complement of all laws they are by themselves an entire code.
The army is the true nobility of our country. Napoleon Bonap
I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.
France is invaded; I am leaving to take command of my troops, and, with God's help and their valor, I hope soon to drive the enemy beyond the frontier.