It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr. Napoleon Bonap
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
The first method is that of a schemer and leads only to mediocre results; the other method is the path of genius and changes the face of the world.
A fool is only troublesome, a pedant insupportable.
Much shedding of blood, many great actions, and triumphs, toil and perseverance are the end of all things human.
I made all my generals out of mud.
There is only one favorable moment in war; talent consists in knowing how to seize it.
The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
Six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool,
You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I have no time for such nonsense.
Adversity is the midwife of genius
Since the discovery of printing, knowledge has been called to power, and power has been used to make knowledge a slave.
What is the government? Nothing, unless supported by opinion.
There is no Nation however small which had the right to set itself free, that has not rescued itself from the dishonour of obeying the Prince imposed by an enemy in the hour of victory.
The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
You think you are too intelligent to believe in God. I am not like you.
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
A King should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination.
While I live I will never resort to irredeemable paper.
To extraordinary circumstance we must apply extraordinary remedies.
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.
Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
Good and decent people must be protected and persuaded by gentle means, but the rabble must be led by terror.
Lack is more in means, than in principles.
Who saves his country violates no law.
High politic is only common sense applied to great things.
Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
The French complain of everything, and always.