I have never loved anyone for love's sake except, perhaps, Josephine - a little.
Democracy, if it is reasonable, limits itself to giving everyone an equal opportunity to compete and to obtain.
I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness.
The keys of a fortress are always well worth the retirement of the garrison when it is resolved to yield only on those conditions. On this principle it is always wiser to grant an honorable capitulation to a garrison which has made a vigorous resistance than to risk an assault.
I must see her and press her to my heart. I love her to the point of madness, and I cannot continue to be separated from her. If she no longer loved me, I would have nothing left to do on earth.
The sentiment of national honor is never more than half extinguished in the French. It takes only a spark to re-kindle it.
A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander. Napoleon Bonap
Even when I am gone, I shall remain in people's minds the star of their rights, my name will be the war cry of their efforts, the motto of their hopes.
I am conquered less by fortune than by the egotism and ingratitude of my companions in arms.
The spectacle of a field of battle after the combat, is sufficient to inspire Princes with the love of peace, and the horror of war.
There shall be no Alps.
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. Napoleon Bonapart
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
If you start to take Vienna - take Vienna
Strong coffee, much strong coffee, is what awakens me. Coffee gives me warmth, waking, an unusual force and a pain that is not without very great pleasure.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake. Napoleon Bonap
The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests.
Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted.
Governments keep their promises only when they are forced, or when it is to their advantage to do so.
Laws which are consistent in theory often prove chaotic in practice.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Cossacks are the best light troops among all that exist. If I had them in my army, I would go through all the world with them.
Neglect of duty does not cease, by repetition, to be neglect of duty.
An army which cannot be reenforced is already defeated.
Sire, I am my own Rudolph of Hapsburg.
An army marches on its stomach. Napoleon Bonap
If you (to General Bertrand) do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, very well; then I did wrong to make you a general.
I may be accused or rashness, but not sluggishness.