History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonapart
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
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.
In war, as in love, we must come into contact before we triumph.
A man occupied with public or other important business cannot, and need not, attend to spelling.
There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. Napoleon Bonapart
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
In war it is not men, but the man who counts.
The great difficulty with politics is, that there are no established principles.
You cannot treat with all the world at once.
We should wash our dirty linen at home.
Let the path be open to talent.
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.
Morality for the upper classes, the gallows for the rabbles.
History is a myth that men agree to believe.
Across the chasm of eighteen hundred years Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others difficult to satisfy. He asks that for which a philosopher may often seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of his children, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother. He asks for
Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity.
War is 90% information.
If it had not been for the English I should have been emperor of the East, but wherever there is water to float a ship we are sure to find them in our way.
Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
I am conquered less by fortune than by the egotism and ingratitude of my companions in arms.
The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences.
True heroism consists in rising superior to misfortune.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. Napoleon Bonapart
But it is at home and not in public that one should wash ones dirty linen.[Fr., Car c'est en famille, ce n'est pas en public, qu'un lave son linge sale.]
Clever policy consists in making nations believe they are free.
Suicide is a crime the most revolting to the feelings; nor does any reason suggest itself to our understanding by which it can be justified. It certainly originates in that species of fear which we denominate poltroonery. For what claim can that man have to courage who trembles at the frowns of fort
The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.
Love is the idler's occupation, the warrior's relaxation, and the sovereign's ruination.
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. Napoleon Bonap