He is almost a statesman. He lies well.
History is a myth that men agree to believe.
Agriculture is the soul and chief support of empires; industry produces riches and the happiness of the people; exportation represents the superabundance, and good use of both.
If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.
Better to have a known enemy than a forced ally.
Orders and decorations are necessary in order to dazzle the people.
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.
I know men, and I tell you, Jesus is more than a man. Comparison is impossible between Him and any other human being who ever lived, because He was the Son of God.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.
I have noticed in every campaign that I have fought-that there is a key segment of time, somewhere between 13 and 15 minutes in which the battle is won or lost. I focus on that segment of time, and I win.
The unwilling soldier will do anything to fight for a useless fabric piece of ribbon.
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals. Napoleon Bonapart
If you know a country's geography, you can understand and predict its foreign policy.
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
Revolutions are like the most noxious dungheaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.
A great reserve and severity of manners are necessary for the command of those who are older than ourselves.
Paradise is a center whither the souls of all men are proceeding, each sect in its particular road.
A mathematician of the first rank, Laplace quickly revealed himself as only a mediocre administrator; from his first work we saw that we had been deceived. Laplace saw no question from its true point of view; he sought subtleties everywhere; had only doubtful ideas, and finally carried the spirit of
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.
The true policy of government is to make use of aristocracy, but under the forms and in the spirit of democracy.
Ability is nothing without opportunity.
The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world
Unhappy the general who comes on the field of battle with a system.
We may stop ourselves when going up, never when coming down.
To extraordinary circumstance we must apply extraordinary remedies.
I cannot believe there is a god who punishes and rewards, for I see honest folk unlucky, and rogues unlucky.
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.
Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time.