Give me a man with a good allowance of nose, . . . when I want any good head-work done I choose a man--provided his education has been suitable--with a long nose.
Human life is the only thing that takes care of itself.
Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
War,--the trade of barbarians!
Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
Occupation is the scythe of time.
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.
Unity of command is essential to the economy of time. Warfare in the field was like a siege: by directing all one's force to a single point a breach might be made, and the equilibrium of opposition destroyed.
A book in which there were no lies would be a curiosity.
Man is entitled by birthright to a share of the earth's produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence.
Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities. Napoleon Bonapart
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.
Posterity will talk of Washington as the founder of a great empire, when my name shall be lost in the vortex of revolution.
Religions are all founded on miracles - on things we cannot understand, such as the Trinity. Jesus calls himself the Son of God, and yet is descended from David. I prefer the religion of Mahomet - it is less ridiculous than ours.
In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.
A beautiful woman like eyes, and a good heart; One is a beautiful thing, and other treasures.
Mankind are in the end always governed by superiority of intellectual faculties, and none are more sensible of this than the military profession. When, on my return from Italy, I assumed the dress of the Institute, and associated with men of science, I knew what I was doing: I was sure of not being
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.
Wherever flowers cannot be reared, there man cannot live.
Go Sir, gallop and don't forget that the world was made in six days. You can ask me for anything but not time.
An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.
Man, not men, is the most important consideration.
The amateurs discuss tactics: the professionals discuss logistics
One might as well try to charge through a wall.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species.
We frustrate many designs against us by pretending not to see them.
Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight. Napoleon Bonapart
The worse the man, the better the soldier.
A King should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination.