Between a battle lost and a battle won, the distance is immense and there stand empires.
When people cease to complain, they cease to think.
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. Napoleon Bonapart
To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.
Much shedding of blood, many great actions, and triumphs, toil and perseverance are the end of all things human.
A nation recruits men more easily than it can retrieve its honour.
Die young, and I shall accept your death-but not if you have lived without glory, without being useful to your country, without leaving a trace of your existence: for that is not to have lived at all.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
The amateurs discuss tactics: the professionals discuss logistics
Never lose sight of this maxim, that you should establish your cantonments at the most distant and best protected point from the enemy, especially where a surprise is possible. By this means you will have time to unite all your forces before he can attack you.
I pay attention only to what people do or say. I never pay attention to what they think.
History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonapart
For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor
Character is victory organized.
From first to last, Jesus is the same; always the same--majestic and simple, infinitely severe and infinitely gentle.
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
I have doubtless erred more or less in politics, but a crime I never committed.
If you (to General Bertrand) do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, very well; then I did wrong to make you a general.
The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.
A book in which there were no lies would be a curiosity.
An army which cannot be regularly recruited is a doomed army.
I have only one counsel for you - be master. Napoleon Bonapart
Artillery is more essential to cavalry than to infantry, because cavalry has no fire for its defence, but depends on the sabre.
War is cruel to the people, and terrible to the conquered.
France has more need of me than I have need of France.
To command, you must first of all speak to the eyes.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
Republican despotism is more fertile in acts of tyranny, because everyone has a hand in it.
On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it.