The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.
The Jesuits are a MILITARY organization, not a religious order. Their chief is a general of an army, not the mere father abbot of a monastery. And the aim of this organization is power - power in its most despotic exercise - absolute power, universal power, power to control the world by the volition
God is on the side of the heaviest cannon.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
If it had not been for the English I should have been emperor of the East, but wherever there is water to float a ship we are sure to find them in our way.
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
In war one must lean on an obstacle in order to overcome it.
The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other. They are worse than ever when, at the termination of their punishment, they return to society.
If you want to get on in this world make many promises, but don't keep them.
No one but myself can be blamed for my fall. I have been my own greatest enemy-the cause of my own disastrous fate.
Patriotism is a word which represents a noble idea.
History is a myth that men agree to believe.
In a great nation, the majority are incapable of judging wisely of things.
What a solace Christianity must be to one who has an undoubted conviction of its truth!
I must see her and press her to my heart. I love her to the point of madness, and I cannot continue to be separated from her. If she no longer loved me, I would have nothing left to do on earth.
Unavailable wars are always just.
Sometimes a great example is necessary to all the public functionaries of the state.
Opportunities? I make opportunities.
Sometimes a single battle decides everything and sometimes, too, the slightest circumstance decides the issue of a battle. There is a moment in every battle at which the least manoeuvre is decisive and gives superiority, as one drop of water causes overflow.
The worse the man, the better the soldier.
The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests.
Cossacks are the best light troops among all that exist. If I had them in my army, I would go through all the world with them.
One bad general is worth two good ones.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. Napoleon Bonap
In war, the moral element and public opinion are half the battle.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks. Napoleon Bonapart
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. Napoleon Bonapart
A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits
The allies we gain by victory will turn against us upon the bare whisper of our defeat.