In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one.
All things proclaim the existence of God.
The Jesuits are a MILITARY organization, not a religious order. Their chief is a general of an army, not the mere father abbot of a monastery. And the aim of this organization is power - power in its most despotic exercise - absolute power, universal power, power to control the world by the volition
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
Men, in general, are but great children.
There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.
All great events hang by a single thread. The clever man takes advantage of everything, neglects nothing that may give him some added opportunity; the less clever man, by neglecting one thing, sometimes misses everything.
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.
The Bible is not merely a book-it is a living power. . . . Nowhere as in the Bible can be found such a series of beautiful ideas and admirable maxims which pose before us like the battalions of a celestial army. . . . The soul can never go astray while it has this book for its guide.
In the last analysis, one must be a military man in order to govern. It is only with boot and spurs that one can govern a horse.
You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I have no time for such nonsense.
If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard all hostility for them.
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. Napoleon Bonap
A true man hates no one. Napoleon Bonap
The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world
Posterity will talk of Washington as the founder of a great empire, when my name shall be lost in the vortex of revolution.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult. Napoleon Bonap
The spectacle of a field of battle after the combat, is sufficient to inspire Princes with the love of peace, and the horror of war.
Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederic. ... This is the only way to become a great general and master the secrets of the art of war.
A battle sometimes decides everything; and sometimes the most trifling thing decides the fate of a battle.
My success and everything good that I have done, I owe to my mother.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue. Napoleon Bonapart
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.
Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.
In a narrow sphere great men are blunderers.
I made all my generals out of mud.
Prison, blood, death, create enthusiasts and martyrs, and bring forth courage and desperate resolution.
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.
The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even to relinquish life, for the good of his country.