There are two kinds of fidelity, that of dogs and that of cats; you, gentleman, have the fidelity of cats who never leave the house.
Every beggar shall be arrested. But to arrest a beggar merely in order to put him in jail would be barbarous and absurd. He should be arrested for the sole purpose of teaching him how to earn a living by his work.
The bayonet has always been the weapon of the brave and the chief tool of victory
While I live I will never resort to irredeemable paper.
The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.
I do not amuse myself by thinking of dead people.
I do not believe it is in our nature to love impartially. We deceive ourselves when we think we can love two beings, even our own children, equally. There is always a dominant affection.
In statesmanship there are predicaments from which it is impossible to escape without some wrongdoing.
An urgent missive sent to Josephine Home in three days. Don't wash.
Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
The army is the true nobility of our country. Napoleon Bonap
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
True wisdom, in general, consists in energetic determination.
With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything. Napoleon Bonapart
Republican despotism is more fertile in acts of tyranny, because everyone has a hand in it.
A woman laughing is a woman conquered.
The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure.
That man made me miss my destiny.
The best medicine against the grapes of wrath is a whiff of grapeshot
A legislator must know how to take advantage of even the defects of those he wants to govern. The art consists in making others work rather than in wearing oneself out.
It follows that any commander in chief who undertakes to carry out a plan which he considers defective is at fault; he must put forth his reasons, insist on the plan being changed, and finally tender his resignation rather than be the instrument of h
In my youth I, too, entertained some illusions; but I soon recovered from them.
The most terrible of all my battles was the one before Moscow. The French showed themselves to be worthy of victory, but the Russians showed themselves worthy of being invincible.
Envy is a declaration of inferiority.
The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even to relinquish life, for the good of his country.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. Napoleon Bonapart
What my enemies call a general peace is my destruction. What I call peace is merely the disarmament of my enemies. Am I not more moderate than they?
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Every means should be taken to attach the soldier to his colours.
I know he's a good general, but is he lucky?