Posterity will talk of Washington as the founder of a great empire, when my name shall be lost in the vortex of revolution.
Whatever you ardently and passionately desire, that you obtain.
In the last analysis, one must be a military man in order to govern. It is only with boot and spurs that one can govern a horse.
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.
My generals are a parcel of post inspectors.
An army's effectiveness depends on its size, training, experience, and morale, and morale is worth more than any of the other factors combined.
You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority. Napoleon Bonap
Character is victory organized.
Revolutions are like the most noxious dungheaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.
We live and die in the midst of marvels.
If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard all hostility for them.
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one.
Friends must always be treated as if one day they might be enemies.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
An urgent missive sent to Josephine Home in three days. Don't wash.
What a beautiful fix we are in now; peace has been declared.
France always has plenty men of talent, but it is always deficient in men of action and high character.
Secrets travel fast in Paris.
I want the whole of Europe to have one currency; it will make trading much easier.
A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.
In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments.
A great European federative system alone can be favourable to the development of civilisation.
Rascality has limits; stupidity has not.
God has decreed that there be sick and poor in this world, but in the next it will be the other way around.
We frustrate many designs against us by pretending not to see them.
The allies we gain by victory will turn against us upon the bare whisper of our defeat.
Revolutions are good times for soldiers of talent and courage.
When I had the honor to be a second lieutenant, I ate dry bread, but I never let anyone know that I was poor.