To negotiate is not to do as one likes.
The nature of Christ's existence is mysterious, I admit; but this mystery meets the wants of man. Reject it, and the world is an inexplicable riddle; believe it, and the history of our race is satisfactorily explained.
Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time.
Send me 300 francs; that sum will enable me to go to Paris. There, at least, one can cut a figure and surmount obstacles. Everything tells me I shall succeed. Will you prevent me from doing so for the want of 100 crowns?
Go Sir, gallop and don't forget that the world was made in six days. You can ask me for anything but not time.
Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack.
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals. Napoleon Bonapart
A book in which there were no lies would be a curiosity.
To extraordinary circumstance we must apply extraordinary remedies.
A cowardly act! What do I care about that? You may be sure that I should never fear to commit one if it were to my advantage.
Not one cent should be raised unless it is in accord with the law.
A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits
I cannot approve of your method of operation, you proceed like a bewildered idiot, taking not the least notice of my orders.
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.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
War is like government, a matter of tact.
Champagne! In victory, one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.
People take England on trust, and repeat that Shakespeare is the greatest of all authors. I have read him: there is nothing that compares Racine or Corneille: his plays are unreadable, pitiful.
Passions change, politics are immutable.
Posterity alone rightly judges kings. Posterity alone has the right to accord or withhold honors.
I saw the crown of France laying on the ground, so I picked it up with my sword.
The word impossible is not in my dictionary.
I must see her and press her to my heart. I love her to the point of madness, and I cannot continue to be separated from her. If she no longer loved me, I would have nothing left to do on earth.
Every beggar shall be arrested. But to arrest a beggar merely in order to put him in jail would be barbarous and absurd. He should be arrested for the sole purpose of teaching him how to earn a living by his work.
I have doubtless erred more or less in politics, but a crime I never committed.
England is a nation of shopkeepers.
In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
To have a right estimate of a man's character, we must see him in misfortune.
If I were to give liberty to the press, my power could not last three days.