If I were an Englishman, I should esteem the man who advised a war with China to be the greatest living enemy of my country. You would be beaten in the end, and perhaps a revolution in India would follow.
With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything. Napoleon Bonapart
I cannot believe there is a god who punishes and rewards, for I see honest folk unlucky, and rogues unlucky.
Ordinarily men exercise their memory much more than their judgment.
Oh Man, Man. How despicable in slavery, how great when fired with the love of freedom!
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Every French soldier carriers a marshal's baton in his knapsack.
When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation
The purely defensive is doomed to defeat.
Chess is too difficult to be a game and not serious enough to be a science or an art.
I have seen only yoU, I have admired only yoU, I desire only You
Bloodletting is among the ingredients of political medicine.
There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.
Leaders have to be dealers in hope.
I start out by believing the worst
A victorious general must know how to employ severity, justness, and mildness by turns, if he would allay sedition or prevent it.
This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirre
I have doubtless erred more or less in politics, but a crime I never committed.
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.
Let the path be open to talent.
Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.
In my youth I, too, entertained some illusions; but I soon recovered from them.
The laws of circumstance are abolished by new circumstances.
The art of government is not to let me grow stale.
War is a serious game in which a man risks his reputation, his troops, and his country. A sensible man will search himself to know whether or not he is fitted for the trade.
I have so often been mistaken that I no longer blush for it
Being in the Tuileries is not everything: what matters is to stay here.
I know he's a good general, but is he lucky?
Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
In war, character and opinion make more than half of the reality.