You can not lead a battle if you think you look silly on a horse.
In war there is but one favorable moment; the great art is to seize it!
The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure.
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.
Moses has revealed the existence of God to his nation. Jesus Christ to the Roman world, Muhammad to the old continent...
Civilization does everything for the mind and favors it entirely at the expense of the body.
You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.
Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.
From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. Napoleon Bonap
A magistrate is not a father; he must be just and severe. Only tyrants are fathers.
Men are ruled by toys.
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.
Leave the Artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot...
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
The confidence with which a Sovereign is invested, is solid only when it is sanctioned by the suffrages of the people, who clothed him with the supreme magistracy.
Conquests will come and go but Delambre's work will endure.
Friendship is but a name. I love no one.
Fanaticism must be put to sleep before it can be eradicated.
Every French soldier carriers a marshal's baton in his knapsack.
I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them.
Public opinion is a mysterious and invisible power, to which everything must yield. There is nothing more fickle, more vague, or more powerful; yet capricious as it is, it is nevertheless much more often true, reasonable, and just, than we imagine.
I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them. It did me little good to be holding the helm; no matter how strong my hands, the sudden and numerous waves were stronger still, and I was wise enough to yield to them rather than resist them obstinately and make the ship fo
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult. Napoleon Bonap
From first to last, Jesus is the same; always the same--majestic and simple, infinitely severe and infinitely gentle.
All systems of morality are fine. The Gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few commonplace sentences put in bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Pra
I generally had to give in.
True wisdom for a general is vigorous determination.
There is no strength without justice.
Reconnaissance memoranda should always be written in the simplest style and be purely descriptive. They should never stray from their objective by introducing extraneous ideas.
God has given me the will and the force to overcome all obstacles.