A leader is a dealer in hope.
As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the two o'clock in the morning kind. I mean unprepared courage, that which is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the most unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgement and decision.
True character stands the test of emergencies. Do not be mistaken, it is weakness from which the awakening is rude.
The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.
Rascality has limits; stupidity has not.
The most terrible of all my battles was the one before Moscow. The French showed themselves to be worthy of victory, but the Russians showed themselves worthy of being invincible.
Victory belongs to the most persevering. Napoleon Bonapart
He, who practices right, but in the hope of acquiring great renown, is very near to vice.
Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and it is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement.
You cannot stop me; I spend thirty thousand men a month.
If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.
It is neither holy, Roman or an empire.
Oh Man, Man. How despicable in slavery, how great when fired with the love of freedom!
What is the government? Nothing, unless supported by opinion.
Half of the people in the world are below average.
Men, in general, are but great children.
Go Sir, gallop and don't forget that the world was made in six days. You can ask me for anything but not time.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonapart
The worse the man the better the soldier. If soldiers be not corrupt they ought to be made so.
The human race is governed by its imagination.
Better to have an open enemy, than hidden friends.
As a rule it is circumstances that make men.
Nothing is more destructive than the charge of artillery on a crowd.
If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.
Laws which are consistent in theory often prove chaotic in practice.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
The first quality of a soldier is constancy in enduring fatigue and hardship. Courage is only the second. Poverty privation and want are the school of the good soldier.
Much shedding of blood, many great actions, and triumphs, toil and perseverance are the end of all things human.
The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even to relinquish life, for the good of his country.
True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.