The Emperor died forsaken by all, on this horrible rock. (St. Helena) His death struggle was awful!
The tools belong to the man who can use them.
Everything is more or less organized matter. To think so is against religion, but I think so just the same.
I pay attention only to what people do or say. I never pay attention to what they think.
You don't reason with intellectuals. You shoot them.
An army which cannot be regularly recruited is a doomed army.
War,--the trade of barbarians!
Impossible is the word found only in a fool's dictionary. Wise people create opportunities for themselves and make everything possible...
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 art of land warfare is an art of genius, of inspiration. On the sea nothing is genius or inspiration; everything is positive or empiric.
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.
He that makes war without many mistakes has not made war very long.
The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.
All great events hang by a single thread. The clever man takes advantage of everything, neglects nothing that may give him some added opportunity; the less clever man, by neglecting one thing, sometimes misses everything.
The surest way to remain poor is to be honest
Half of the people in the world are below average.
The heart of a statesman should be in his head.
There is no man more pusillanimous than I when I am planning a campaign. I purposely exaggerate all the dangers and all the calamities that the circumstances make possible. I am in a thoroughly painful state of agitation. This does not keep me from looking quite serene in front of my entourage; I am
The leader's role is to define reality, then give hope
Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.
Society cannot exist without inequality of fortunes and the inequality of fortunes could not subsist without religion. Whenever a half-starved person is near another who is glutted, it is impossible to reconcile the difference if there is not an authority who tells him to.
The nature of Christ is, I grant it, from one end to another, a web of mysteries; but this mysteriousness does not correspond to the difficulties which all existence contains. Let it be rejected, and the whole world is an enigma; let it be accepted, and we possess a wonderful explanation of the hist
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?
The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.
The French complain of everything, and always.
As for myself, I do not believe that such a person as Jesus Christ ever existed; but as the people are inclined to superstition, it is proper not to oppose them.
My star was fading, I felt the reins slipping out of my grasp, and could do nothing to stop it.
It is not by whining that one carries out the job of king.
The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.