When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
Ability is of little account without opportunity. I have very rarely met with two o'clock in the morning courage: I mean instantaneous courage.
Unavailable wars are always just.
The true policy of government is to make use of aristocracy, but under the forms and in the spirit of democracy.
Fools have a great advantage over the wise; they are always self-satisfied.
My star was fading, I felt the reins slipping out of my grasp, and could do nothing to stop it.
The inevitable end of multiple chiefs is that they fade and disappear for lack of unity.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. Men are moved by only two mechanisms: fear and self-interest. Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
What my enemies call a general peace is my destruction. What I call peace is merely the disarmament of my enemies. Am I not more moderate than they?
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
An army marches on its stomach. Napoleon Bonap
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
The tools belong to the man who can use them.
Treason is a matter of dates.
Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
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.
Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.
True wisdom for a general is vigorous determination.
If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.
My success and everything good that I have done, I owe to my mother.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonap
The strong are good, only the weak are wicked.
The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences.
Take a dose of medicine once, and in all probability you will be obliged to take an additional hundred afterwards
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue. Napoleon Bonapart
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
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.