People take England on trust, and repeat that Shakespeare is the greatest of all authors. I have read him: there is nothing that compares Racine or Corneille: his plays are unreadable, pitiful.
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
Never interfere with an enemy in the process of destroying himself.
The art of choosing men is not nearly so difficult as the art of enabling those chosen to attain their full worth.
To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.
The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.
A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.
Passionate people invariably deny their anger, and cowards often boast their ignorance of fear.
In a conquered country benevolence is not humanitarianism. It is a general political axiom that a conqueror must not inspire a good opinion of his benevolence until he has demonstrated that he can be severe with malefactors.
When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.
When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation
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.
I have made noise enough in the world already, perhaps too much, and am now getting old, and want retirement.
He, who practices right, but in the hope of acquiring great renown, is very near to vice.
Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
Brave deeds are the monuments of brave men.
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.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Give me enough ribbons to place on the tunics of my soldiers and I can conquer the world.
How many things apparently impossible have nevertheless been performed by resolute men who had no alternative but death.
Nothing is more arrogant than the weakness which feels itself supported by power.
There is only one favorable moment in war; talent consists in knowing how to seize it.
A man is known by his conduct to his wife, to his family, and to those under him.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.