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501 Inspiring Quotes by Napoleon Bonaparte

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Wikipedia Summary for Napoleon

Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821), usually known as just Napoleon, was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars. He was the de facto leader of the French Republic as First Consul from 1799 to 1804. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. One of the greatest commanders in history, his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. He remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in human history.

Napoleon had an extensive and powerful impact on the modern world, bringing liberal reforms to the numerous territories that he conquered and controlled, especially the Low Countries, Switzerland, and large parts of modern Italy and Germany. He implemented fundamental liberal policies in France and throughout Western Europe. His lasting legal achievement, the Napoleonic Code, has been highly influential. Roberts says, "The ideas that underpin our modern world—meritocracy, equality before the law, property rights, religious toleration, modern secular education, sound finances, and so on—were championed, consolidated, codified and geographically extended by Napoleon. To them he added a rational and efficient local administration, an end to rural banditry, the encouragement of science and the arts, the abolition of feudalism and the greatest codification of laws since the fall of the Roman Empire."

Born Napoleone di Buonaparte on the island of Corsica not long after its annexation by the Kingdom of France, Napoleon's modest family descended from minor Italian nobility. He supported the French Revolution in 1789 while serving in the French army, and tried to spread its ideals to his native Corsica. He rose rapidly in the Army after he saved the governing French Directory by firing on royalist insurgents. In April 1796, he began his first military campaign against the Austrians and their Italian allies, scoring a series of decisive victories and becoming a national hero. Two years later, he led a military expedition to Egypt that served as a springboard to political power.

He engineered a coup in November 1799 and became First Consul of the Republic. Intractable differences with the British meant that the French were facing the War of the Third Coalition by 1805. Napoleon shattered this coalition with decisive victories in the Ulm Campaign, and a historic triumph at the Battle of Austerlitz, which led to the elimination of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1806, the Fourth Coalition took up arms against him because Prussia became worried about growing French influence on the continent. Napoleon quickly knocked out Prussia at the battles of Jena and Auerstedt, then marched the Grand Army deep into Eastern Europe, annihilating the Russians in June 1807 at Friedland, and forcing the defeated nations of the Fourth Coalition to accept the Treaties of Tilsit. Two years later, the Austrians challenged the French again during the War of the Fifth Coalition, but Napoleon solidified his grip over Europe after triumphing at the Battle of Wagram.

Hoping to extend the Continental System (embargo of Britain), Napoleon invaded Iberia and declared his brother Joseph the King of Spain in 1808. The Spanish and the Portuguese revolted with British support. The Peninsular War lasted six years, featured brutal guerrilla warfare, and culminated in a defeat for Napoleon. Napoleon launched an invasion of Russia in the summer of 1812. The resulting campaign witnessed the catastrophic retreat of Napoleon's Grand Army and encouraged his enemies. In 1813, Prussia and Austria joined Russian forces in a Sixth Coalition against France. A chaotic military campaign culminated in a large coalition army defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig in October 1813. The coalition invaded France and captured Paris, forcing Napoleon to abdicate in April 1814. Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba, between Corsica and Italy. In France, the Bourbons were restored to power. However, Napoleon escaped from Elba in February 1815 and took control of France. The Allies responded by forming a Seventh Coalition, which ultimately defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The British exiled him to the remote island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic, where he died in 1821 at the age of 51.

landscape photography of mountain

High politic is only common sense applied to great things.

--Napoleon

person holding white and yellow flower painting

Leaders have to be dealers in hope.

--Napoleon

sunset with agave stem

I like honest men of all colors.

--Napoleon

silhouette photography of person

Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied.

--Napoleon

green and white painted wall

The object of war is victory, the object of victory is conquest, and the object of conquest is occupation.

--Napoleon

men's white dress shirt

The worse the troops the greater the need of artillery.

--Napoleon

brown humming bird flying in mid air

Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.

--Napoleon

houses and trees during nighttime

The admiral needs only one science, that of navigation. The general needs all the sciences.

--Napoleon

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.

--Napoleon

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

It is rare that a legislature reasons. It is too quickly impassioned.

--Napoleon

None

Soldiers, if there is one among you who wants to kill his general, his Emperor, here I am.

--Napoleon

person on road at sunset

The spectacle of a field of battle after the combat, is sufficient to inspire Princes with the love of peace, and the horror of war.

--Napoleon

selective focus photography of sunflower

God is on the side of the heaviest cannon.

--Napoleon

couple kissing under gray clouds

My enemies make appointments at my tomb.

--Napoleon

sunset

He who has courage despises the future.

--Napoleon

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.

--Napoleon

green leaf in close up photography

The art of land warfare is an art of genius, of inspiration. On the sea nothing is genius or inspiration; everything is positive or empiric.

--Napoleon

stars across the sky view at the desert

A cowardly act! What do I care about that? You may be sure that I should never fear to commit one if it were to my advantage.

--Napoleon

selective focus photo of green snake plant

I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.

--Napoleon

red rose

It is the business of cavalry to follow up the victory, and to prevent the beaten army from rallying.

--Napoleon

bird in the sky

Posterity will talk of Washington as the founder of a great empire, when my name shall be lost in the vortex of revolution.

--Napoleon

pink-petaled rose flower

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

--Napoleon

blue sky with stars during night time

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

Adversity is the midwife of genius.

--Napoleon

person on road at sunset

The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.

--Napoleon

blue and black abstract painting

Insubordination may only be the evidence of a strong mind.

--Napoleon

bird in the sky

The sentiment of national honor is never more than half extinguished in the French. It takes only a spark to re-kindle it.

--Napoleon

pink flower

Power is what they like -- it is the greatest of all aphrodisiacs.

--Napoleon

white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

To have good soldiers, a nation must always be at war.

--Napoleon

green leafed trees

Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack.

--Napoleon

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.

--Napoleon

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

Nothing is more destructive than the charge of artillery on a crowd.

--Napoleon

shoreline during golden hour

Posterity alone rightly judges kings. Posterity alone has the right to accord or withhold honors.

--Napoleon

flower garden

Vengeance has no foresight.

--Napoleon

pair of white lace-up shoes

To imagine that it is possible to perform great military deeds without fighting is just empty dreams.

--Napoleon

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

A man occupied with public or other important business cannot, and need not, attend to spelling.

--Napoleon

low-light photo of forest

Bloodletting is among the ingredients of political medicine.

--Napoleon

woman standing on cliff

Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.

--Napoleon

yellow green leaf

An army must have but one line of operations. This must be maintained with care and abandoned only for major reasons.

--Napoleon

silhouette photo of trees during night time

Nothing renders a nation so despicable as religious despotism.

--Napoleon

fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

War is the business of barbarians.

--Napoleon

sunflowers

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.

--Napoleon

foggy mountains

I believe love to be hurtful to society, and to the individual happiness of men. I believe, in short, that love does more harm than good.

--Napoleon

green grass field

I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.

--Napoleon

man wearing black jacket standing on street

If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photography of black DSLR camera

Great men grow tired of contentedness.

--Napoleon

red surface

Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.

--Napoleon

None

There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.

--Napoleon

black fishes

Ambition never is in a greater hurry than I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.

--Napoleon

man in black pants sitting on chair

A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.

--Napoleon

body of water

Lead the ideas of your time and they will accompany and support you; fall behind them and they drag you along with them; oppose them and they will overwhelm you.

--Napoleon

brown brick wall photography

Without cavalry, battles are without result.

--Napoleon

pink flower

One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.

--Napoleon

purple petaled flower

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

--Napoleon

pair of white lace-up shoes

It is cowardly to commit suicide. The English often kill themselves. It is a malady caused by the humid climate.

--Napoleon

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

I love a brave soldier who has undergone the baptism of fire.

--Napoleon

brown and white abstract painting

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.

--Napoleon

None

The bayonet has always been the weapon of the brave and the chief tool of victory.

--Napoleon

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

I am conquered less by fortune than by the egotism and ingratitude of my companions in arms.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

The purely defensive is doomed to defeat.

--Napoleon

Arizona landscape

An army marches on its stomach.

--Napoleon

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

All men of genius, and all those who have gained rank in the republic of letters, are brothers, whatever may be the land of their nativity.

--Napoleon

silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined.

--Napoleon

man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

If you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.

--Napoleon

lone tree in grassland

They wanted me to be a Washington.

--Napoleon

green and gray humming bird screenshot

My downfall raises me to infinite heights.

--Napoleon

beach shore during day time

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.

--Napoleon

blue sky with stars during night time

When I had the honor to be a second lieutenant, I ate dry bread, but I never let anyone know that I was poor.

--Napoleon

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Impossible is the word found only in a fool's dictionary. Wise people create opportunities for themselves and make everything possible.

--Napoleon

person holding sunflower

Secrets travel fast in Paris.

--Napoleon

man and woman in cowboy hat

Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.

--Napoleon

green leaf in close up photography

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.

--Napoleon

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.

--Napoleon

green, red, and white abstract painting

Great ambition is the passion of a great character.

--Napoleon

Longer Version:

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.


brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Republican despotism is more fertile in acts of tyranny, because everyone has a hand in it.

--Napoleon

yellow flower in green grass field

Military despotism represses generous sentiments, priestly tyranny stifles them.

--Napoleon

brown sand beach during daytime

Men are never attached to you by favours.

--Napoleon

white flower

Public esteem is the recompense of honest men.

--Napoleon

brown and gray floral textile

Do you know what is more hard to bear than the reverses of fortune? It is the baseness, the hideous ingratitude, of man.

--Napoleon

silhouette of mountain

You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.

--Napoleon

photo of mountains

There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.

--Napoleon

blue and white painted wall

Remember that a man, a true man, never hates. His rages and his bad moods never last beyond the present moment-like electric shocks.

--Napoleon

red flame

The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.

--Napoleon

dog on pier at water

A nation recruits men more easily than it can retrieve its honour.

--Napoleon

white and yellow flowers during daytime

Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.

--Napoleon

Arizona landscape

My dominion ends where that of conscience begins.

--Napoleon

green trees under blue sky at daytime

Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.

--Napoleon

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root.

--Napoleon

brown mountain

Give me enough ribbons to place on the tunics of my soldiers and I can conquer the world.

--Napoleon

white and pink plastic bottles

Men take only their needs into consideration -- never their abilities.

--Napoleon

selective focus photo of green snake plant

A fool is only troublesome, a pedant insupportable.

--Napoleon

feet in stream

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

--Napoleon

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

When I was happy I thought I knew men, but it was fated that I should know them in misfortune only.

--Napoleon

autumn leaves on body of water

Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.

--Napoleon

yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

How many really capable men are children more than once during the day!

--Napoleon

boy and cat in front of moon

A society without religion is like a vessel without compass.

--Napoleon

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.

--Napoleon

black and white bird on seashore

Since the discovery of printing, knowledge has been called to power, and power has been used to make knowledge a slave.

--Napoleon

low-light photo of forest

A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.

--Napoleon

fawn pug in close up photography

An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.

--Napoleon

panoramic photography of mountains

The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.

--Napoleon

body of water

I cannot approve of your method of operation, you proceed like a bewildered idiot, taking not the least notice of my orders.

--Napoleon

clear liquid on leaf

A faithful friend is the true image of the Deity.

--Napoleon

None

It's the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures victory.

--Napoleon

blue and white abstract painting

When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.

--Napoleon

photography of white sky at golden hour

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.

--Napoleon

moon near mountain ridge

It is not necessary to bury the truth. It is sufficient merely to delay it until nobody cares.

--Napoleon

band performing on stage in front of people

Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile.

--Napoleon

white wooden dock on white sand

A true master of politics is able to calculate, down to the smallest fraction, the advantages to which he may put his very faults.

--Napoleon

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

A man is not dependent upon his fellow creature, when he does not fear death.

--Napoleon

turned on desk lamp beside pile of books

War, -- the trade of barbarians!

--Napoleon

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

The superior man is never in anyone's way.

--Napoleon

swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

France is invaded; I am leaving to take command of my troops, and, with God's help and their valor, I hope soon to drive the enemy beyond the frontier.

--Napoleon

water drops on glass

Reprisals are but a sad resource.

--Napoleon

cowboy on horseback herding

As a rule it is circumstances that make men.

--Napoleon

selective focus photo of green snake plant

Conquest has made me what I am, only conquest can maintain me.

--Napoleon

green plants near body of water during daytime

In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments.

--Napoleon

clear wine glass with red wine

All the great captains have performed vast achievements by conforming with the rules of art -- by adjusting efforts to obstacles.

--Napoleon

body of water

It is exceptional and difficult to find in one man all the qualities necessary for a great general.

--Napoleon

person standing on rock formation during daytime

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.

--Napoleon

sunset

A great reserve and severity of manners are necessary for the command of those who are older than ourselves.

--Napoleon

green leaf

You cannot drag a man's conscience before any tribunal, and no one is answerable for his religious opinions to any power on earth.

--Napoleon

sunset

Every means should be taken to attach the soldier to his colours.

--Napoleon

green mountain ]

If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.

--Napoleon

woman standing on forest

The fate of a Nation may sometimes depend upon the position of a fortress.

--Napoleon

brown mountain at nighttime

Every French soldier carriers a marshal's baton in his knapsack.

--Napoleon

statue of liberty new york city

Respect the burden.

--Napoleon

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.

--Napoleon

green and white abstract painting

It's not the size of the army but the power within the army.

--Napoleon

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

The unwilling soldier will do anything to fight for a useless fabric piece of ribbon.

--Napoleon

iceberg near mountain during day

Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.

--Napoleon

silhouette of grass under moonlight

I do not amuse myself by thinking of dead people.

--Napoleon

gray asphalt road

Imagination governs the world.

--Napoleon

red surface

Soldiers win battles and generals get the medals.

--Napoleon

brown short coated dog wearing blue and red shirt

A resolute determination is the truest wisdom.

--Napoleon

white and blue ice in water

The transition from the defensive to the offensive is one of the most delicate operations in war.

--Napoleon

grayscale photography of pug

A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.

--Napoleon

man and woman in cowboy hat

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

--Napoleon

elephant play with brown sand

The policies of all powers are inherent in their geography.

--Napoleon

shorebird on pier

Equality should be the chief basis of the education of youth.

--Napoleon

green trees beside body of water during daytime

The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.

--Napoleon

green leaf tree on shore

There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

--Napoleon

rainbow

A magistrate is not a father; he must be just and severe. Only tyrants are fathers.

--Napoleon

None

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.

--Napoleon

green plants with white background

An order that can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood.

--Napoleon

four coffee cups on floor

Liberty and equality are magical words.

--Napoleon

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.

--Napoleon

photography of white sky at golden hour

Good infantry is without doubt the sinews of an army; but if it has to fight a long time against very superior artillery, it will become demoralized and will be destroyed.

--Napoleon

purple textile in close up photography

Give me a man with a good allowance of nose,... when I want any good head-work done I choose a man -- provided his education has been suitable -- with a long nose.

--Napoleon

Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

War justifies everything.

--Napoleon

yellow flower field under clear sky

The worse the man the better the soldier. If soldiers be not corrupt they ought to be made so.

--Napoleon

white and blue floral textile

Tis a principle of war that when you can use the lightning, 'tis better than cannon.

--Napoleon

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.

--Napoleon

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

Women are nothing but machines for producing children.

--Napoleon

top view photography of heart latte coffee

When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.

--Napoleon

round black vinyl disc on vinyl player

I would rather suffer from coffee than be senseless.

--Napoleon

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

Europe is a molehill. All great empires and revolutions have been on the Orient; six hundred millions live there.

--Napoleon

couple kissing under gray clouds

Ability is nothing without opportunity.

--Napoleon

gray elephant

A man is known by his conduct to his wife, to his family, and to those under him.

--Napoleon

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.

--Napoleon

green plants beside brown wooden door

Love is the idler's occupation, the warrior's relaxation, and the sovereign's ruination.

--Napoleon

white board beside pencil and tape

My generals are a parcel of post inspectors.

--Napoleon

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

Pure politics is merely the calculus of combinations and of chances.

--Napoleon

black and white window illustration

Put a rogue in the limelight and he will act like an honest man.

--Napoleon

man on running field

It strengthens the bonds between nations to have the same civil laws and the same monetary system.

--Napoleon

close-up photo of pink flower

The army is the true nobility of our country.

--Napoleon

red and blue light digital wallpaper

A man does not have himself killed for a half-pence a day or for a petty distinction.
You must speak to the soul in order to electrify him.

--Napoleon

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.

--Napoleon

body of water

My business is to succeed, and I'm good at it. I create my Iliad by my actions, create it day by day.

--Napoleon

aerial photography of beach

Medicines are only fit for old people.

--Napoleon

flowers

War is 90% information.

--Napoleon

brown trees under blue sky during daytime

War is ninety percent information.

--Napoleon

city lights from hill

I shall be an Attila to Venice.

--Napoleon

green leaf tree on shore

The superior man is impassive: praise him or condemn him, he always carries.

--Napoleon

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

A victorious general must know how to employ severity, justness, and mildness by turns, if he would allay sedition or prevent it.

--Napoleon

seashore during golden hour

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.

--Napoleon

pink flower

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.

--Napoleon

lake beside green pine trees

Neglect of duty does not cease, by repetition, to be neglect of duty.

--Napoleon

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

Give me enough medals and I'll win you any war.

--Napoleon

cluster of stars in the sky

Prison, blood, death, create enthusiasts and martyrs, and bring forth courage and desperate resolution.

--Napoleon

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Paradise is a center whither the souls of all men are proceeding, each sect in its particular road.

--Napoleon

bird in the sky

We should always go before our enemies with confidence, otherwise our apparent uneasiness inspires them with greater boldness.

--Napoleon

red strawberry fruit on red surface

Conscription is the vitality of a nation, the purification of its morality, and the real foundations of all its habits.

--Napoleon

four wooden boat on teal sea

Space we can recover; time never.

--Napoleon

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.

--Napoleon

red rose

Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.

--Napoleon

green bird perching on stem

Mankind's worst enemy is fear of work.

--Napoleon

blue and white abstract painting

Do you know what astonished me the most in this world? The inability of force to create anything.

--Napoleon

white pendant lamp

Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.

--Napoleon

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances.

--Napoleon

low-angle photo of white daisy

The art of being sometimes audacious and sometimes very prudent is the secret of success.

--Napoleon

brown and white humming bird

As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life.

--Napoleon

brown wooden bridge beside green leafed trees during daytime

There must be Religion. Otherwise the poor would murder the rich.

--Napoleon

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.

--Napoleon

low angle view of blue clouds

The poor man commands respect; the beggar must always excite anger.

--Napoleon

green trees beside lake during daytime

A leader is a dealer in hope.

--Napoleon

selective photography of dried leaf

The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.

--Napoleon

long exposure photography of lights

This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride.

--Napoleon

rainbow

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

--Napoleon

low-angle photo of white daisy

Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there is no longer any 'if' or 'but.'

--Napoleon

sunset

Flatterers and men of learning do not accord well with each other.

--Napoleon

2 people riding on boat during sunset

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?

--Napoleon

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

--Napoleon

brown trees under blue sky during daytime

The superior man is never in anyone's way.

--Napoleon

grayscale photography of pug

To live, is to suffer; and the honest man is always fighting to be master of his own mind.

--Napoleon

three clear glass cups

The inevitable end of multiple chiefs is that they fade and disappear for lack of unity.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photography of books

One might as well try to charge through a wall.

--Napoleon

green bird perching on stem

England is a nation of shopkeepers.

--Napoleon

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Public morals are natural complement of all laws they are by themselves an entire code.

--Napoleon

shallow depth of field photography of sunflower

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

--Napoleon

four person standing beside wall

The word impossible is not in my dictionary.

--Napoleon

green leaf tree on shore

An Emperor confides in national soldiers, not in mercenaries.

--Napoleon

brown leaf tree facing the lake

He who cannot look over a battlefield with a dry eye, causes the death of many men uselessly.

--Napoleon

empty concrete road covered surrounded by tall tress with sun rays

There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear.

--Napoleon

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

The best medicine against the grapes of wrath is a whiff of grapeshot.

--Napoleon

brown rocky mountain under gray sky

Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.

--Napoleon

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

An army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions.

--Napoleon

raging waves through shores

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. To become a good man, one must have faithful friends, or outright enemies.

--Napoleon

sunflower

Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity.

--Napoleon

landscape photography of trees

Better to have a known enemy than a forced ally.

--Napoleon

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.

--Napoleon

woman standing on forest

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.

--Napoleon

four wooden boat on teal sea

That man made me miss my destiny.

--Napoleon

green trees on forest during daytime

Envy is a declaration of inferiority.

--Napoleon

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man toward the unseen, that it becomes insensible to the barriers of time and space.

--Napoleon

grayscale photography of elephant

Lies circle the earth while Truth is still trying to put on its shoes.

--Napoleon

yellow and blue painted wall

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.

--Napoleon

city lights from hill

Great battles are won with artillery.

--Napoleon

black and white abstract illustration

How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die?

--Napoleon

sunset

Men are lead by trifles.

--Napoleon

sunset

Everything is more or less organized matter. To think so is against religion, but I think so just the same.

--Napoleon

three people paddling in canoe

The human race is governed by its imagination.

--Napoleon

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Courage isn't having the strength to go on -- it is going on when you don't have strength.

--Napoleon

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself.

--Napoleon

sunset

I often asked Laplace what he thought of God. He owned that he was an atheist.

--Napoleon

black fishes

If you (to General Bertrand) do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, very well; then I did wrong to make you a general.

--Napoleon

brown pathway between green plants

Champagne! In victory, one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.

--Napoleon

silhouette photography of trees and sky

I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate...and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.

--Napoleon

landscape photography of mountain

Let the path be open to talent.

--Napoleon

green mountain ]

The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.

--Napoleon

mountains covered with fog

The more I study the world, the more I am convinced of the inability of brute force to create anything durable.

--Napoleon

raging waves through shores

The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.

--Napoleon

group of people waving their hands

In war, as in prostitution, amateurs are often better than professionals.

--Napoleon

yellow and green forest during daytime

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.

--Napoleon

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

Success is the most convincing talker in the world.

--Napoleon

cluster of stars in the sky

Wisdom and policy dictate that we must do as destiny demands and keep peace with the irresistible march of events.

--Napoleon

four handheld gardening tools on rack

Unite for the public safety, if you would remain an independent nation.

--Napoleon

None

There is only one thing in this world, and that is to keep acquiring money and more money, power and more power. All the rest is meaningless.

--Napoleon

green fruit in macro lens photography

Oh well, no matter what happens, there's always death.

--Napoleon

sunflower

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.

--Napoleon

white and black bird

The Turks can be killed, but they can never be conquered.

--Napoleon

rock formation under starry skies

I hope before long to press you in my arms and shall shower on you a million burning kisses as under the Equator.

--Napoleon

blue sky with stars during night time

You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I have no time for such nonsense.

--Napoleon

rainbow desert

A great Nation should have a fixed Government, so that the death of one man should not overturn it.

--Napoleon

blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

I have made noise enough in the world already, perhaps too much, and am now getting old, and want retirement.

--Napoleon

person holding dried beans

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.

--Napoleon

three person looking stars and milky way

In statesmanship there are predicaments from which it is impossible to escape without some wrongdoing.

--Napoleon

person holding gray leaf

Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.

--Napoleon

library shelf near black wooden ladder

France needs nothing so much to promote her regeneration as good mothers.

--Napoleon

man with LED headlight looking upward

The heart may be broken, and the soul remain unshaken.

--Napoleon

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

Treason is a matter of dates.

--Napoleon

three person looking stars and milky way

The most desirable quality in a soldier is constancy in the support of fatigue; valor is only secondary.

--Napoleon

band performing on stage in front of people

The true wealth of a state consists in the number of its inhabitants, in their toil and industry.

--Napoleon

gray concrete painted wall

It is only with prudence, sagacity, and much dexterity that great aims are accomplished, and all obstacles surmounted. Otherwise nothing is accomplished.

--Napoleon

beach during daytime

An army's effectiveness depends on its size, training, experience, and morale, and morale is worth more than any of the other factors combined.

--Napoleon

pink rose bud closeup photo

Put your iron hand in a velvet glove.

--Napoleon

green leafed plant

Prussia was hatched from a cannon-ball.

--Napoleon

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

My star was fading, I felt the reins slipping out of my grasp, and could do nothing to stop it.

--Napoleon

leafless tree

True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.

--Napoleon

white stars in the sky during night time

Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.

--Napoleon

green trees under white sky during daytime

The mind of a general ought to resemble and be as clear as the field-glass of a telescope.

--Napoleon

pink and blue sky with moon

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.

--Napoleon

yellow sunflower in close up photography

France always has plenty men of talent, but it is always deficient in men of action and high character.

--Napoleon

toddler hugging siberian husky

Who saves his country violates no law.

--Napoleon

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

He, who practices right, but in the hope of acquiring great renown, is very near to vice.

--Napoleon

brown pathway between green plants

The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.

--Napoleon

brown sands

Artillery is more essential to cavalry than to infantry, because cavalry has no fire for its defence, but depends on the sabre.

--Napoleon

bird in the sky

When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation.

--Napoleon

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

In war, three-quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter.

--Napoleon

foggy mountains

I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay hands on everything they can get.

--Napoleon

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Revolutions are like the most noxious dungheaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.

--Napoleon

man jumping on hill during golden hour

It is not necessary to prohibit or encourage oddities of conduct which are not harmful.

--Napoleon

full moon during day

In revolution there are only two sorts of men, those who cause them and those who profit by them.

--Napoleon

brown short coated dog wearing blue and red shirt

In matters of government, justice means force as well as virtue.

--Napoleon

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

Rashness succeeds often, still more often fails.

--Napoleon

red surface

The superior man follows nobody else's path.

--Napoleon

sunflower field under white sky during daytime

The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.

--Napoleon

group of penguins standing on white snow covered ground near body of water during daytime

History paints the human heart.

--Napoleon

rocks near shore during nighttime

The Mohammedan religion is the finest of all.

--Napoleon

time lapse photography body of water

Moses has revealed the existence of God to his nation. Jesus Christ to the Roman world, Muhammad to the old continent.

--Napoleon

iceberg near mountain during day

We often get in quicker by the back door than by the front.

--Napoleon

toddlers standing outdoors

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.

--Napoleon

four person standing beside wall

The logical end to defensive warfare is surrender.

--Napoleon

mountains covered with fog

The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.

--Napoleon

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

--Napoleon

green bird perching on stem

What is history but a fable agreed upon?

--Napoleon

photo of pine trees

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.

--Napoleon

pink flower

From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.

--Napoleon

green trees on brown soil

Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.

--Napoleon

elephants on green grass field during daytime

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

--Napoleon

Longer Version:

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.


fawn pug in close up photography

I made all my generals out of mud.

--Napoleon

brown nut on person's left palm

A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.

--Napoleon

blue mountains at daytime

France has more need of me than I have need of France.

--Napoleon

pink umbrella

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.

--Napoleon

rocks on sea side at daytime

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photo of green leaves

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.

--Napoleon

silhouette of man looking towards left

The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.

--Napoleon

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.

--Napoleon

None

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

--Napoleon

lights

I have only one counsel for you -- be master.

--Napoleon

low angle photography of gray concrete building

I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.

--Napoleon

cat with flower

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.

--Napoleon

person holding white and yellow flower painting

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

--Napoleon

crack in wall

I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.

--Napoleon

woman in brown long sleeve shirt and blue denim jeans

We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.

--Napoleon

bonfire at night

The French complain of everything, and always.

--Napoleon

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.

--Napoleon

man and woman with bone fire sitting on seashore

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

--Napoleon

body of water

The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.

--Napoleon

woman standing on sunflower field

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

--Napoleon

silhouette photography of mountains

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

--Napoleon

sunset highway

Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.

--Napoleon

photo of pine tree

A Constitution should be short and obscure.

--Napoleon

brown leaf on asphalt road

All religions have been made by men.

--Napoleon

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

--Napoleon

None

A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.

--Napoleon

blue rose in close up photography

To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.

--Napoleon

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.

--Napoleon

rock formation surrounding by body of water

After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet.

--Napoleon

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

As a rule, you must always reserve the right to laugh the next day at your thoughts of the previous night.

--Napoleon

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.

--Napoleon

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

Man only succeeds in life by governing his character or by forging one.

--Napoleon

white and black boat on sea during daytime

A woman laughing is a woman conquered.

--Napoleon

man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

The most constant, the most powerful, and the most generous of all my enemies.

--Napoleon

cactus flowers

A good sketch is better than a long speech.

--Napoleon

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

The hand that gives is among the hand that takes. Money has no fatherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain.

--Napoleon

sunflower field under white sky during daytime

Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration.

--Napoleon

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

History is written by the winners.

--Napoleon

sunset with rainbow

Laws which are consistent in theory often prove chaotic in practice.

--Napoleon

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.

--Napoleon

green-leafed trees during daytime

When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.

--Napoleon

cowboy on horseback herding

Keep a good table and attend to the ladies.

--Napoleon

silver round analog wall clock

The world soffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people.

--Napoleon

green mountain ]

A beautiful woman like eyes, and a good heart; One is a beautiful thing, and other treasures.

--Napoleon

cat in space

A true man hates no one.

--Napoleon

purple and white clouds during night time

It is an approved maxim in war, never to do what the enemy wishes you to do, for this reason alone, that he desires it.

--Napoleon

bonfire near mountain

The most dangerous moment comes with victory.

--Napoleon

foggy mountain summit

The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.

--Napoleon

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

In our time no one has the conception of what is great. It is up to me to show them.

--Napoleon

low-angle photo of white daisy

It would be a joke if the conduct of the victor had to be justified to the vanquished.

--Napoleon

None

True character stands the test of emergencies. Do not be mistaken, it is weakness from which the awakening is rude.

--Napoleon

white wooden hut during daytime

Human life is the only thing that takes care of itself.

--Napoleon

Arizona landscape

Providence is always on the side of the last reserve.

--Napoleon

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.

--Napoleon

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it.

--Napoleon

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

I want the whole of Europe to have one currency; it will make trading much easier.

--Napoleon

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Fashion condemns us to many follies, the greatest is to make oneself its slave.

--Napoleon

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

Until you spread your wings, you'll have no idea how far you can fly.

--Napoleon

cactus flowers

True wisdom for a general is vigorous determination.

--Napoleon

yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

Treaties are observed as long as they are in harmony with interests.

--Napoleon

gray elephant

Obedience to public authority ought not to be based either on ignorance or stupidity.

--Napoleon

red and black floral textile

Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory -- but so are those of the ballet, or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.

--Napoleon

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

--Napoleon

pink flowers with white background

A starving army is actually worse than none.

--Napoleon

brown butterfly perched on flower

War is a lottery in which nations ought to risk nothing but small amounts.

--Napoleon

scenery of aurora

An army travels on its stomach. Soup makes the soldier.

--Napoleon

swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

Men who have changed the world never achieved their success by winning the chief citizens to their side, but always by stirring the masses.

--Napoleon

silhouette of kneeling man

All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before a single word: faith.

--Napoleon

stars across the sky view at the desert

It is often in the audacity, in the steadfastness, of the general that the safety and the conservation of his men is found.

--Napoleon

aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

He is almost a statesman. He lies well.

--Napoleon

brown and gray floral textile

It is my wish that my ashes may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I have loved so well.

--Napoleon

raging waves through shores

Terrorism, War and Bankruptcy are caused by the privatization of money, issued as a debt and compounded by interest.

--Napoleon

black mountain under blue sky during night time

Do not talk to me of goodness, of abstract justice, of nature law. Necessity is the highest law, public welfare is the highest justice.

--Napoleon

black bare tree under blue sky

Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.

--Napoleon

forest with tall and green trees during daytime

How many things apparently impossible have nevertheless been performed by resolute men who had no alternative but death.

--Napoleon

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

In war, moral factors acount for three quarters of the whole; relative material strength accounts for only one quarter.

--Napoleon

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it.

--Napoleon

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

I am a monarch of God's creation, and you reptiles of the earth dare not oppose me. I render an account of my government to none save God and Jesus Christ.

--Napoleon

white brick wall planning

Nothing is so contrary to military rules as to make the strength of your army known, either in the orders of the day, in proclamations, or in the newspapers.

--Napoleon

boy and cat in front of moon

In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.

--Napoleon

grayscale photography of elephant

Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.

--Napoleon

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

In order not to be astonished at obtaining victories, one ought not to think only of defeats.

--Napoleon

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Take a dose of medicine once, and in all probability you will be obliged to take an additional hundred afterwards.

--Napoleon

Arizona landscape snow

A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.

--Napoleon

white and blue ice in water

The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.

--Napoleon

person holding gray leaf

The merit of Mahomet is that he founded a religion without an inferno.

--Napoleon

rock formation in body of water

Hereditary succession to the magistracy is absurd, as it tends to make a property of it; it is incompatible with the sovereignty of the people.

--Napoleon

men's white dress shirt

In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.

--Napoleon

purple petaled flower on gray surface

Even when I am gone, I shall remain in people's minds the star of their rights, my name will be the war cry of their efforts, the motto of their hopes.

--Napoleon

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

Morality for the upper classes, the gallows for the rabbles.

--Napoleon

lone tree in grassland

An empty throne always tempts me.

--Napoleon

dew drops on glass panel

Has a man the right to kill himself? Yes, if his death harms no one and if life is an evil to him. When is life an evil? When it offers a man nothing but suffering and pain.

--Napoleon

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.

--Napoleon

forest trees

Of all the peoples of Europe, Spaniards disgust me the least.

--Napoleon

yellow sunflower in glass vase

Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time.

--Napoleon

blue and black abstract painting

Occupation is the scythe of time.

--Napoleon

lightning strike at night

For the stability of the Government, the people should have a considerable voice in the elections.

--Napoleon

black and yellow wall sconce

If it had not been for the English I should have been emperor of the East, but wherever there is water to float a ship we are sure to find them in our way.

--Napoleon

yellow flower field during sunset

Men will risk their lives, even die for ribbons.

--Napoleon

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

No amount of money will induce someone to lay down their life, but they will gladly do so for a bit of yellow ribbon.

--Napoleon

brown grass on brown sand under blue sky during daytime

While I live I will never resort to irredeemable paper.

--Napoleon

green mountain ]

Remember, gentlemen, what a Roman emperor said: The corpse of an enemy always smells sweet.

--Napoleon

stars across the sky view at the desert

I am the signet which marks the page where the revolution has been stopped; but when I die it will turn the page and resume its course.

--Napoleon

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

The process of quitting smoking doesn't end with the last cigarette. It's not quitting itself, the real key is staying quit.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photography of snowflake

I may be accused or rashness, but not sluggishness.

--Napoleon

lightning strike at night

When I want any, good head work done; I always choose a man, if possible with a long nose.

--Napoleon

galaxy

Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.

--Napoleon

panoramic photography of mountains

I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.

--Napoleon

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests.

--Napoleon

desert grassland

Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe.

--Napoleon

Arizona landscape

Speeches pass away, but acts remain.

--Napoleon

brown rock formation

You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success.

--Napoleon

yellow and blue painted wall

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

--Napoleon

blue and white striped textile

Democracy may become frenzied, but it has feelings and can be moved. As for aristocracy, it is always cold and never forgives.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photography of adult fawn pug

Great men are meteors, consuming themselves to light the world.

--Napoleon

silhouette of people riding bicycle

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.

--Napoleon

green-leafed trees during daytime

We should wash our dirty linen at home.

--Napoleon

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.

--Napoleon

selective photography of green leaf plant

Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species.

--Napoleon

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.

--Napoleon

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

All things proclaim the existence of God.

--Napoleon

leafless tree on snow covered ground

The reason I beat the Austrians is, they did not known the value of five minutes.

--Napoleon

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

Whatever may be the position in life of a parent, it is his duty to share his crust with his children. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

--Napoleon

orange tabby cat on black textile

Where flowers degenerate man cannot live.

--Napoleon

red and blue light digital wallpaper

It is only by prudence, wisdom, and dexterity that great ends are attained and obstacles overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds.

--Napoleon

man and woman with bone fire sitting on seashore

Orders and decorations are necessary in order to dazzle the people.

--Napoleon

raging waves through shores

Cossacks are the best light troops among all that exist. If I had them in my army, I would go through all the world with them.

--Napoleon

dew drops on glass panel

The first quality of the commander-in-chief is a cool head to receive a correct impression of things. He should not allow himself to be confused by either good or bad news.

--Napoleon

green trees in between gray concrete road

Victory and disaster establish indestructible bonds between armies and their commanders.

--Napoleon

green, red, and white abstract painting

I have come to realise that men are not born to be free.

--Napoleon

sunset

Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.

--Napoleon

elephant play with brown sand

The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.

--Napoleon

flame illustration

In Russia there are no roads -- only areas.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

There shall be no Alps.

--Napoleon

white and black floral textile

It is in times of difficulty that great nations like great men display the whole energy of their character and become an object of admiration to posterity.

--Napoleon

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

In a great nation, the majority are incapable of judging wisely of things.

--Napoleon

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

France will always be a great nation.

--Napoleon

close up photo of tree

The battle of Austerlitz is the grandest of all I have fought.

--Napoleon

moon near mountain ridge

The Emperor died forsaken by all, on this horrible rock. (St. Helena) His death struggle was awful!

--Napoleon

lion on green grass during golden hour

Democracy, if it is reasonable, limits itself to giving everyone an equal opportunity to compete and to obtain.

--Napoleon

woman standing on cliff

The Concordat is not the victory of any one party but the consolidation of all.

--Napoleon

yellow flower field under clear sky

Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze.

--Napoleon

brown and red paint brushes

Cavalry is useful before, during, and after the battle.

--Napoleon

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The basic principle that we must follow in directing the armies of the Republic is this: that they must feed themselves on war at the expense of the enemy territory.

--Napoleon

blue sky with stars during night time

Man is entitled by birthright to a share of the earth's produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence.

--Napoleon

Arizona landscape rain

There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.

--Napoleon

rock formation in body of water

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.

--Napoleon

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Oh Man, Man. How despicable in slavery, how great when fired with the love of freedom!

--Napoleon

mountain dew during sunrise

Leave the Artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot.

--Napoleon

sunflowers

It is with artillery that war is made.

--Napoleon

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

The best generals are those who have served in the artillery.

--Napoleon

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

If I had not been defeated in Acre against Jezzar Pasha of Turk. I would conquer all of the East.

--Napoleon

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

Not one cent should be raised unless it is in accord with the law.

--Napoleon

white brick wall

The World is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good.

--Napoleon

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My true glory is not to have won 40 battles ... Waterloo will erase the memory of so many victories, ... But ... what will live forever, is my Civil Code.

--Napoleon

group of penguins standing on white snow covered ground near body of water during daytime

Vengeance is without foresight.

--Napoleon

sunset and agave stalk

It is not by whining that one carries out the job of king.

--Napoleon

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Variety made the Revolution. Liberty was just a pretext.

--Napoleon

body of water

I cannot believe there is a god who punishes and rewards, for I see honest folk unlucky, and rogues unlucky.

--Napoleon

fawn pug in close up photography

A man becomes the creature of his uniform.

--Napoleon

woman standing on sunflower field

Generals who save troops for the next day are always beaten.

--Napoleon

sunflower with sunglasses under blue sky during daytime

Men are led by trifles.

--Napoleon

gray concrete road between trees

War is like government, a matter of tact.

--Napoleon

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Men are ruled by toys.

--Napoleon

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

The sovereignty of the people is inalienable.

--Napoleon

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.

--Napoleon

purple petaled flower

The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.

--Napoleon

person holding dried beans

Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.

--Napoleon

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Men soon get tired of shedding their blood for the advantage of a few individuals, who think they amply reward the soldiers perils with the treasures they amass.

--Napoleon

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

If you know a country's geography, you can understand and predict its foreign policy.

--Napoleon

women's black and pink monokini

To attach no importance to public opinion, is a proof that you do not merit its suffrage.

--Napoleon

man riding horse

History is a myth that men agree to believe.

--Napoleon

black and white bird on seashore

It is easy to know when a government wishes for peace by observing the character of the person sent to negotiate for it.

--Napoleon

blue sky and white clouds

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.

--Napoleon

yellow sunflower in close up photography

From first to last, Jesus is the same; always the same -- majestic and simple, infinitely severe and infinitely gentle.

--Napoleon

coconut tree near body of water

England would be better off without Canada; it keeps her in a prepared state for war at a great expense and constant irritation.

--Napoleon

tall trees with dried leaves on ground

The English have no exaulted sentiments. They can all be bought.

--Napoleon

man and woman kissing

In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power.

--Napoleon

Longer Version:

In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power. The unwise destroy themselves in resistance. The skillful accept events, take strong hold of them and direct them.


fawn pug on bed

Necessity dominates inclination, will, and right.

--Napoleon

green leafed plant

Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.

--Napoleon

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

Fools have a great advantage over the wise; they are always self-satisfied.

--Napoleon

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

There are two kinds of fidelity, that of dogs and that of cats; you, gentleman, have the fidelity of cats who never leave the house.

--Napoleon

brown and black leaf in close up photography

There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.

--Napoleon

body of water under cloudy sky at night

From triumph to downfall there is but one step.

--Napoleon

sunset

Diplomacy is the police in grand costume.

--Napoleon

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard all hostility for them.

--Napoleon

silhouette of flower during sunset

Religion is, in fact, the dominion of the soul; it is the hope, the anchor of safety, the deliverance from evil. What a service has Christianity rendered to humanity!

--Napoleon

brown leaf tree facing the lake

The only way to lead people is to show them a future: a leader is a dealer in hope.

--Napoleon

white and blue floral textile

The only true conquests-those that awaken no regrets- are those obtained over our ignorance.

--Napoleon

cowboy on horseback herding

A general must be a charlatan.

--Napoleon

moon near mountain ridge

Passionate people invariably deny their anger, and cowards often boast their ignorance of fear.

--Napoleon

person standing in front of fire

Audacity succeeds as often as it fails; in life it has an even chance.

--Napoleon

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

All celebrated people lose dignity upon close inspection.

--Napoleon

mixed paints in a plate

Independence, like honor, is a rocky island without a beach.

--Napoleon

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

If I had to have a religion, I should adore the sun, for it is the sun that fertilizes everything.

--Napoleon

green plants near body of water during daytime

Champagne. In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.

--Napoleon

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.

--Napoleon

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

You try to distract yourself from the pain, but only death will end it.

--Napoleon

scenery of aurora

The friendship of a great man is a favor of the gods.

--Napoleon

sunset

A battle sometimes decides everything and sometimes the most trifling thing decides the fate of a battle.

--Napoleon

brown trees on brown field during daytime

In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.

--Napoleon

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