The art of being sometimes audacious and sometimes very prudent is the secret of success.
A man is known by his conduct to his wife, to his family, and to those under him.
How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares 'God wills it thus.' Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Unavailable wars are always just.
The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself.
The division of labor, which has brought such perfection in mechanical industries, is altogether fatal when applied to productions of the mind. All work of the mind is superior inproportion as the mind that produces it is universal.
All religions have been made by men.
Let the path be open to talent.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
When I had the honor to be a second lieutenant, I ate dry bread, but I never let anyone know that I was poor.
I made all my generals out of mud.
Much shedding of blood, many great actions, and triumphs, toil and perseverance are the end of all things human.
Good intelligence is nine-tenths of any battle.
Great events ever depend but upon a single hair. The adroit man profits by everything, neglects nothing which can increase his chances; the less adroit, by sometimes disregarding a single chance, fails in everything.
If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.
Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species.
If you build an army of 100 lions and their leader is a dog, in any fight, the lions will die like a dog. But if you build an army of 100 dogs and their leader is a lion, all dogs will fight as a lion
Being in the Tuileries is not everything: what matters is to stay here.
My decision to destroy the authority of the blacks in Saint Domingue (Haiti) is not so much based on considerations of commerce and money, as on the need to block for ever the march of the blacks in the world.
You cannot treat with all the world at once.
A book in which there were no lies would be a curiosity.
My true glory is not to have won 40 battles ... Waterloo will erase the memory of so many victories, ... But ... what will live forever, is my Civil Code.
I have so often been mistaken that I no longer blush for it
It is cowardly to commit suicide. The English often kill themselves. It is a malady caused by the humid climate.
Governments keep their promises only when they are forced, or when it is to their advantage to do so.
The surest way to remain poor is to be honest
In war one must lean on an obstacle in order to overcome it.
Pure politics is merely the calculus of combinations and of chances.
The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother
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.