The best generals are those who have served in the artillery.
My mind is a chest of drawers. When I wish to deal with a subject, I shut all the drawers but the one in which the subject is to be found. When I am wearied, I shut all the drawers and go to sleep.
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.
If you know a country's geography, you can understand and predict its foreign policy.
I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of my self, Caesar, and Alexander should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant-Jesus-s hould be able to stretch His hands across the centuries and control the destinies of men and nations.
It is in times of difficulty that great nations like great men display the whole energy of their character and become an object of admiration to posterity.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks. Napoleon Bonapart
Do not talk to me of goodness, of abstract justice, of nature law. Necessity is the highest law, public welfare is the highest justice.
Bloodletting is among the ingredients of political medicine.
The fate of a Nation may sometimes depend upon the position of a fortress.
There is only one favorable moment in war; talent consists in knowing how to seize it.
A King should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination.
In the last analysis, one must be a military man in order to govern. It is only with boot and spurs that one can govern a horse.
America is a fortunate country. She grows by the follies of our European nations.
The art of war is to gain time when your strength is inferior.
A great European federative system alone can be favourable to the development of civilisation.
In war, moral factors acount for three quarters of the whole; relative material strength accounts for only one quarter.
When I had the honor to be a second lieutenant, I ate dry bread, but I never let anyone know that I was poor.
To write history one must be more than a man, since the author who holds the pen of this great justiciary must be free from all preoccupation of interest or vanity.
In tragedy great men are more truly great than in history. We see them only in the crises which unfold them.
Put your iron hand in a velvet glove.
There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
Not one cent should be raised unless it is in accord with the law.
What are the conditions that make for the superiority of an army? Its internal organization, military habits in officers and men, the confidence of each in themselves; that is to say, bravery, patience, and all that is contained in the idea of moral means.
The Turks can be killed, but they can never be conquered.
Revolutions are like the most noxious dungheaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.
Passionate people invariably deny their anger, and cowards often boast their ignorance of fear.
I have so often been mistaken that I no longer blush for it
Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight. Napoleon Bonapart
It is with artillery that war is made.