In matters of government, justice means force as well as virtue.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
It follows that any commander in chief who undertakes to carry out a plan which he considers defective is at fault; he must put forth his reasons, insist on the plan being changed, and finally tender his resignation rather than be the instrument of h
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Half of the people in the world are below average.
Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it.
My success and everything good that I have done, I owe to my mother.
The fate of a battle is the result of a moment, of a thought: the hostile forces advance with various combinations, they attack each other and fight for a certain time; the critical moment arrives, a mental flash decides, and the least reserve accomplishes the object.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one.
A people that is able to say everything, becomes able to do everything. The crowd which follows me with admiration, would run with the same eagerness were I marching to the Guillotine.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. Napoleon Bonapart
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.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.
God is on the side of the heaviest cannon.
Love is the idler's occupation, the warrior's relaxation, and the sovereign's ruination.
The strong are good, only the weak are wicked.
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.
In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments.
Passionate people invariably deny their anger, and cowards often boast their ignorance of fear.
The secret of war lies in the communications.
It is not necessary to prohibit or encourage oddities of conduct which are not harmful.
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.
The people excited by ambitious demagogues, sooner or later return into the hands of the Aristocracy.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander. Napoleon Bonapart
There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest. All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment.
I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness.
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.
When people cease to complain, they cease to think.