The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes.
Ability is noting without opportunity
You cannot stop me; I spend thirty thousand men a month.
Insubordination may only be the evidence of a strong mind.
Send me 300 francs; that sum will enable me to go to Paris. There, at least, one can cut a figure and surmount obstacles. Everything tells me I shall succeed. Will you prevent me from doing so for the want of 100 crowns?
A magistrate is not a father; he must be just and severe. Only tyrants are fathers.
I know men, and I tell you, Jesus is more than a man. Comparison is impossible between Him and any other human being who ever lived, because He was the Son of God.
The only way to lead people is to show them a future: a leader is a dealer in hope.
In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.
In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one.
At the head of an army, nothing is more becoming than simplicity.
I do not believe it is in our nature to love impartially. We deceive ourselves when we think we can love two beings, even our own children, equally. There is always a dominant affection.
A King should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination.
God has decreed that there be sick and poor in this world, but in the next it will be the other way around.
A book in which there were no lies would be a curiosity.
There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich
Victory is not always winning the battle...but rising every time you fall.
The object of war is victory, the object of victory is conquest, and the object of conquest is occupation.
The word impossible is not in my dictionary.
Muhammad was a great man, an intrepid soldier; with a handful of men he triumphed at the battle of Bender (sic); a great captain, eloquent, a great man of state, he revived his fatherland and created a new people and a new power in the middle of Arabia.
We should wash our dirty linen at home.
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
The great art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.
Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
The practice of law sharpens the mind by making it narrow.
History is a myth that men agree to believe.
The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely. Napoleon Bonap
A Constitution should be short and obscure.