Democracy, if it is reasonable, limits itself to giving everyone an equal opportunity to compete and to obtain.

-Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte

As a rule it is circumstances that make men.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Human life is the only thing that takes care of itself.

Napoleon Bonaparte
To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Pure politics is merely the calculus of combinations and of chances.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Wherever wood can swim, there I am sure to find this flag of England.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The affairs of war, like the destiny of battles, as well as empires, hang upon a spiders thread.

Napoleon Bonaparte
The admiral needs only one science, that of navigation. The general needs all the sciences.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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.

Napoleon Bonaparte
It must be recognized that the real truths of history are hard to discover. Happily, for the most part, they are rather matters of curiosity than of real importance.