The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
Passions change, politics are immutable.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
It is not enough to give orders they must be obeyed.
Men are ruled by toys.
I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity...
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
A King should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination.
What are the conditions that make for the superiority of an army? Its internal organization, military habits in officers and men, the confidence of each in themselves; that is to say, bravery, patience, and all that is contained in the idea of moral means.
Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.
Better to have a known enemy than a forced ally.
Lead the ideas of your time and they will accompany and support you; fall behind them and they drag you along with them; oppose them and they will overwhelm you.
I made all my generals out of mud. Napoleon Bonapart
A Government protected by foreigners will never be accepted by a free people.
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.
Wherever flowers cannot be reared, there man cannot live.
I have come to realise that men are not born to be free.
Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.
The heart of a statesman should be in his head.
More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one.
Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.
One is more certain to influence men, to produce more effect on them, by absurdities than by sensible ideas.
Great events ever depend but upon a single hair. The adroit man profits by everything, neglects nothing which can increase his chances; the less adroit, by sometimes disregarding a single chance, fails in everything.
Man is entitled by birthright to a share of the earth's produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence.
A new-born Government must shine and astonish - the moment it loses its Ã©clat it falls.
Conscription is the vitality of a nation, the purification of its morality, and the real foundations of all its habits
You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.
I am a monarch of God's creation, and you reptiles of the earth dare not oppose me. I render an account of my government to none save God and Jesus Christ.
Occupation is the scythe of time.
So you think the police foresees and knows everything. The police invents more than it discovers.