Never awake me when you have good news to announce, because with good news nothing presses; but when you have bad news, arouse me immediately, for then there is not an instant to be lost.
Who saves his country violates no law.
My dominion ends where that of conscience begins.
Between a battle lost and a battle won, the distance is immense and there stand empires.
Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.
On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it.
In order not to be astonished at obtaining victories, one ought not to think only of defeats.
Great battles are won with artillery.
When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.
We are nothing but by the law.
A nation recruits men more easily than it can retrieve its honour.
Vengeance has no foresight.
It strengthens the bonds between nations to have the same civil laws and the same monetary system.
How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die?
I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate...and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.
I generally had to give in.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonap
The World is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good.
Clever policy consists in making nations believe they are free.
War is like government, a matter of tact.
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. Napoleon Bonapart
Secrets travel fast in Paris.
Unite for the public safety, if you would remain an independent nation.
There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. Napoleon Bonapart
You may ask me for anything you like except time.
Not one cent should be raised unless it is in accord with the law.
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
What is history but a fable agreed upon? Napoleon Bonapart
Nothing is more arrogant than the weakness which feels itself supported by power.