So you think the police foresees and knows everything. The police invents more than it discovers.
A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.
You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.
Speeches pass away, but acts remain.
What is the future? What is the past? What are we? What is the magic fluid that surrounds us and conceals the things we most need to know? We live and die in the midst of marvels.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
Nothing is so contrary to military rules as to make the strength of your army known, either in the orders of the day, in proclamations, or in the newspapers.
There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
It is neither holy, Roman or an empire.
A true man hates no one. Napoleon Bonap
Force is the law of animals, men are ruled by conviction.
There are certain things in war of which the commander alone comprehends the importance. Nothing but his superior firmness and ability can subdue and surmount all difficulties.
It is an ambassador's duty to stand up for his nation's foreign policy in any era and under any government whatsoever. Ambassadors are, in the full meaning of the term, titled spies.
Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.
Occupation is the scythe of time.
We are made weak both by idleness and distrust of ourselves. Unfortunate, indeed, is he who suffers from both. If he is a mere individual he becomes nothing; if he is a king he is lost.
Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time.
The true wealth of a state consists in the number of its inhabitants, in their toil and industry.
Sire, I am my own Rudolph of Hapsburg.
The only true conquests-those that awaken no regrets- are those obtained over our ignorance.
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.
Remember, gentlemen, what a Roman emperor said: The corpse of an enemy always smells sweet.
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet.
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. Napoleon Bonapart
Sometimes a single battle decides everything and sometimes, too, the slightest circumstance decides the issue of a battle. There is a moment in every battle at which the least manoeuvre is decisive and gives superiority, as one drop of water causes overflow.
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
In tragedy great men are more truly great than in history. We see them only in the crises which unfold them.
I have seen only yoU, I have admired only yoU, I desire only You
There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest. All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment.