I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.
Governments keep their promises only when they are forced, or when it is to their advantage to do so.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. Napoleon Bonapart
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. Napoleon Bonapart
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
Ability is noting without opportunity
The true policy of government is to make use of aristocracy, but under the forms and in the spirit of democracy.
International incidents must not be allowed to shape foreign policy, foreign policy must shape the incidents.
A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
Imagination governs the world.
Prussia was hatched from a cannon-ball.
While I live I will never resort to irredeemable paper.
In war the simplest manoeuvres are the best.
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.
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined.
A cowardly act! What do I care about that? You may be sure that I should never fear to commit one if it were to my advantage.
When your enemy is doing something wrong, do not interrupt him.
The unwilling soldier will do anything to fight for a useless fabric piece of ribbon.
He is almost a statesman. He lies well.
The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure.
If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.
Every beggar shall be arrested. But to arrest a beggar merely in order to put him in jail would be barbarous and absurd. He should be arrested for the sole purpose of teaching him how to earn a living by his work.
One must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered.
Keep a good table and attend to the ladies.
It is not enough to give orders they must be obeyed.
Give me a man with a good allowance of nose, . . . when I want any good head-work done I choose a man--provided his education has been suitable--with a long nose.
Passions change, politics are immutable.
War is 90% information.
An army which cannot be reenforced is already defeated.