I don't employ Talleyrand when I want a thing done, but only when I want to have the appearance of wanting to do it.
To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.
A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.
Take a dose of medicine once, and in all probability you will be obliged to take an additional hundred afterwards
I want the whole of Europe to have one currency; it will make trading much easier.
In tragedy great men are more truly great than in history. We see them only in the crises which unfold them.
I have never loved anyone for love's sake except, perhaps, Josephine - a little.
Do you know what is more hard to bear than the reverses of fortune? It is the baseness, the hideous ingratitude, of man.
God has given me the will and the force to overcome all obstacles.
The fate of war is to be exalted in the morning, and low enough at night! There is but one step from triumph to ruin.
War,--the trade of barbarians!
This year has begun hopefully for right thinkers. After all these centuries of feudal barbarism and political slavery, it is surprising to see how the word of 'liberty' sets minds on fire.
Leaders have to be dealers in hope.
How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die?
Insubordination may only be the evidence of a strong mind.
The process of quitting smoking doesn't end with the last cigarette. It's not quitting itself, the real key is staying quit
Respect the burden.
A great reserve and severity of manners are necessary for the command of those who are older than ourselves.
Surely in a matter of this kind we should endeavor to do something, that we may say that we have not lived in vain, that we may leave some impress of ourselves on the sands of time.
Two armies are two bodies which meet and try to frighten each other.
An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.
Public morals are natural complement of all laws they are by themselves an entire code.
A people that is able to say everything, becomes able to do everything. The crowd which follows me with admiration, would run with the same eagerness were I marching to the Guillotine.
Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.
There are two levers for moving men - interest and fear.
How many really capable men are children more than once during the day!
Champagne! In victory, one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.
Terrorism, War & Bankruptcy are caused by the privatization of money, issued as a debt and compounded by interest.
Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration.
The most difficult art is not in the choice of men, but in giving to the men chosen the highest service of which they are capable.