Conquests will come and go but Delambre's work will endure.
Men grow old quickly on the battlefield.
Soldiers win battles and generals get the medals.
A magistrate is not a father; he must be just and severe. Only tyrants are fathers.
Flatterers and men of learning do not accord well with each other.
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.
In war, men are nothing, one man is everything.
When people cease to complain, they cease to think.
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.
It must be recognized that the real truths of history are hard to discover. Happily, for the most part, they are rather matters of curiosity than of real importance.
My generals are a parcel of post inspectors.
Paradise is a center whither the souls of all men are proceeding, each sect in its particular road.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
For the stability of the Government, the people should have a considerable voice in the elections.
A nation recruits men more easily than it can retrieve its honour.
A man is known by his conduct to his wife, to his family, and to those under him.
An army marches on its stomach. Napoleon Bonap
Generals are not to be too scrupulous.
I am a soldier and accustomed to risking my life every day. I am full of the fire of youth; I cannot act with the restraint of an accomplished diplomat.
Nothing is so important in war as an undivided command.
Public esteem is the recompense of honest men.
What a beautiful fix we are in now; peace has been declared.
The life of a citizen is the property of his country.
Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. Napoleon Bonapart
The first method is that of a schemer and leads only to mediocre results; the other method is the path of genius and changes the face of the world.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. Napoleon Bonapart
Rashness succeeds often, still more often fails.
France will always be a great nation.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake. Napoleon Bonap