The art of war is to gain time when your strength is inferior.
Human life is the only thing that takes care of itself.
Patriotism is a word which represents a noble idea.
Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight. Napoleon Bonap
God! How men of letters are stupid.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
I have noticed in every campaign that I have fought-that there is a key segment of time, somewhere between 13 and 15 minutes in which the battle is won or lost. I focus on that segment of time, and I win.
He, who practices right, but in the hope of acquiring great renown, is very near to vice.
It is not set speeches at the moment of battle that render soldiers brave.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments.
Let the path be open to talent.
War is a serious game in which a man risks his reputation, his troops, and his country. A sensible man will search himself to know whether or not he is fitted for the trade.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks. Napoleon Bonapart
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. Napoleon Bonapart
There are certain things in war of which the commander alone comprehends the importance. Nothing but his superior firmness and ability can subdue and surmount all difficulties.
A man occupied with public or other important business cannot, and need not, attend to spelling.
I have made noise enough in the world already, perhaps too much, and am now getting old, and want retirement.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. Napoleon Bonap
An empty throne always tempts me.
It is exceptional and difficult to find in one man all the qualities necessary for a great general.
The transition from the defensive to the offensive is one of the most delicate operations in war.
Nothing is so important in war as an undivided command.
In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.
No amount of money will induce someone to lay down their life, but they will gladly do so for a bit of yellow ribbon.
Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.
It is the success which makes great men.
When I was happy I thought I knew men, but it was fated that I should know them in misfortune only.
A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it. Napoleon Bonap