High politic is only common sense applied to great things.
Leaders have to be dealers in hope.
I like honest men of all colors.
Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied.
The object of war is victory, the object of victory is conquest, and the object of conquest is occupation.
The worse the troops the greater the need of artillery.
Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
The admiral needs only one science, that of navigation. The general needs all the sciences.
The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.
It is rare that a legislature reasons. It is too quickly impassioned.
Soldiers, if there is one among you who wants to kill his general, his Emperor, here I am.
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.
God is on the side of the heaviest cannon.
My enemies make appointments at my tomb.
He who has courage despises the future.
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
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.
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.
I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.
It is the business of cavalry to follow up the victory, and to prevent the beaten army from rallying.
Posterity will talk of Washington as the founder of a great empire, when my name shall be lost in the vortex of revolution.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
Adversity is the midwife of genius.
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
Insubordination may only be the evidence of a strong mind.
The sentiment of national honor is never more than half extinguished in the French. It takes only a spark to re-kindle it.
Power is what they like -- it is the greatest of all aphrodisiacs.
To have good soldiers, a nation must always be at war.
Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack.
If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.
Nothing is more destructive than the charge of artillery on a crowd.
Posterity alone rightly judges kings. Posterity alone has the right to accord or withhold honors.
Vengeance has no foresight.
To imagine that it is possible to perform great military deeds without fighting is just empty dreams.
A man occupied with public or other important business cannot, and need not, attend to spelling.
Bloodletting is among the ingredients of political medicine.
Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
An army must have but one line of operations. This must be maintained with care and abandoned only for major reasons.
Nothing renders a nation so despicable as religious despotism.
War is the business of barbarians.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
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.
I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.
If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.
Great men grow tired of contentedness.
Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
Ambition never is in a greater hurry than I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.
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.
Without cavalry, battles are without result.
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
It is cowardly to commit suicide. The English often kill themselves. It is a malady caused by the humid climate.
I love a brave soldier who has undergone the baptism of fire.
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 bayonet has always been the weapon of the brave and the chief tool of victory.
I am conquered less by fortune than by the egotism and ingratitude of my companions in arms.
The purely defensive is doomed to defeat.
An army marches on its stomach.
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.
Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined.
If you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.
They wanted me to be a Washington.
My downfall raises me to infinite heights.
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.
When I had the honor to be a second lieutenant, I ate dry bread, but I never let anyone know that I was poor.
Impossible is the word found only in a fool's dictionary. Wise people create opportunities for themselves and make everything possible.
Secrets travel fast in Paris.
Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
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.
To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.
Great ambition is the passion of a great character.
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.
Republican despotism is more fertile in acts of tyranny, because everyone has a hand in it.
Military despotism represses generous sentiments, priestly tyranny stifles them.
Men are never attached to you by favours.
Public esteem is the recompense of honest men.
Do you know what is more hard to bear than the reverses of fortune? It is the baseness, the hideous ingratitude, of man.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
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.
Remember that a man, a true man, never hates. His rages and his bad moods never last beyond the present moment-like electric shocks.
The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.
A nation recruits men more easily than it can retrieve its honour.
Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.
My dominion ends where that of conscience begins.
Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.
A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root.
Give me enough ribbons to place on the tunics of my soldiers and I can conquer the world.
Men take only their needs into consideration -- never their abilities.
A fool is only troublesome, a pedant insupportable.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
When I was happy I thought I knew men, but it was fated that I should know them in misfortune only.
Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.
How many really capable men are children more than once during the day!
A society without religion is like a vessel without compass.
Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
Since the discovery of printing, knowledge has been called to power, and power has been used to make knowledge a slave.
A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.
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.
I cannot approve of your method of operation, you proceed like a bewildered idiot, taking not the least notice of my orders.
A faithful friend is the true image of the Deity.
It's the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures victory.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
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.
It is not necessary to bury the truth. It is sufficient merely to delay it until nobody cares.
Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile.
A true master of politics is able to calculate, down to the smallest fraction, the advantages to which he may put his very faults.
A man is not dependent upon his fellow creature, when he does not fear death.
War, -- the trade of barbarians!
The superior man is never in anyone's way.
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.
Reprisals are but a sad resource.
As a rule it is circumstances that make men.
Conquest has made me what I am, only conquest can maintain me.
In the eyes of empire builders men are not men but instruments.
All the great captains have performed vast achievements by conforming with the rules of art -- by adjusting efforts to obstacles.
It is exceptional and difficult to find in one man all the qualities necessary for a great general.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
A great reserve and severity of manners are necessary for the command of those who are older than ourselves.
You cannot drag a man's conscience before any tribunal, and no one is answerable for his religious opinions to any power on earth.
Every means should be taken to attach the soldier to his colours.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
The fate of a Nation may sometimes depend upon the position of a fortress.
Every French soldier carriers a marshal's baton in his knapsack.
Respect the burden.
The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
It's not the size of the army but the power within the army.
The unwilling soldier will do anything to fight for a useless fabric piece of ribbon.
Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.
I do not amuse myself by thinking of dead people.
Imagination governs the world.
Soldiers win battles and generals get the medals.
A resolute determination is the truest wisdom.
The transition from the defensive to the offensive is one of the most delicate operations in war.
A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.
In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
The policies of all powers are inherent in their geography.
Equality should be the chief basis of the education of youth.
The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
A magistrate is not a father; he must be just and severe. Only tyrants are fathers.
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.
An order that can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood.
Liberty and equality are magical words.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
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.
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.
War justifies everything.
The worse the man the better the soldier. If soldiers be not corrupt they ought to be made so.
Tis a principle of war that when you can use the lightning, 'tis better than cannon.
The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.
Women are nothing but machines for producing children.
When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
I would rather suffer from coffee than be senseless.
Europe is a molehill. All great empires and revolutions have been on the Orient; six hundred millions live there.
Ability is nothing without opportunity.
A man is known by his conduct to his wife, to his family, and to those under him.
Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
Love is the idler's occupation, the warrior's relaxation, and the sovereign's ruination.
My generals are a parcel of post inspectors.
Pure politics is merely the calculus of combinations and of chances.
Put a rogue in the limelight and he will act like an honest man.
It strengthens the bonds between nations to have the same civil laws and the same monetary system.
The army is the true nobility of our country.
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.
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
My business is to succeed, and I'm good at it. I create my Iliad by my actions, create it day by day.
Medicines are only fit for old people.
War is 90% information.
War is ninety percent information.
I shall be an Attila to Venice.
The superior man is impassive: praise him or condemn him, he always carries.
A victorious general must know how to employ severity, justness, and mildness by turns, if he would allay sedition or prevent it.
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.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
Neglect of duty does not cease, by repetition, to be neglect of duty.
Give me enough medals and I'll win you any war.
Prison, blood, death, create enthusiasts and martyrs, and bring forth courage and desperate resolution.
Paradise is a center whither the souls of all men are proceeding, each sect in its particular road.
We should always go before our enemies with confidence, otherwise our apparent uneasiness inspires them with greater boldness.
Conscription is the vitality of a nation, the purification of its morality, and the real foundations of all its habits.
Space we can recover; time never.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.
Mankind's worst enemy is fear of work.
Do you know what astonished me the most in this world? The inability of force to create anything.
Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.
Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances.
The art of being sometimes audacious and sometimes very prudent is the secret of success.
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.
There must be Religion. Otherwise the poor would murder the rich.
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
The poor man commands respect; the beggar must always excite anger.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.
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.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there is no longer any 'if' or 'but.'
Flatterers and men of learning do not accord well with each other.
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?
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
The superior man is never in anyone's way.
To live, is to suffer; and the honest man is always fighting to be master of his own mind.
The inevitable end of multiple chiefs is that they fade and disappear for lack of unity.
One might as well try to charge through a wall.
England is a nation of shopkeepers.
Public morals are natural complement of all laws they are by themselves an entire code.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
The word impossible is not in my dictionary.
An Emperor confides in national soldiers, not in mercenaries.
He who cannot look over a battlefield with a dry eye, causes the death of many men uselessly.
There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear.
The best medicine against the grapes of wrath is a whiff of grapeshot.
Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.
An army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions.
Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. To become a good man, one must have faithful friends, or outright enemies.
Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity.
Better to have a known enemy than a forced ally.
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.
That man made me miss my destiny.
Envy is a declaration of inferiority.
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.
Lies circle the earth while Truth is still trying to put on its shoes.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
Great battles are won with artillery.
How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die?
Men are lead by trifles.
Everything is more or less organized matter. To think so is against religion, but I think so just the same.
The human race is governed by its imagination.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on -- it is going on when you don't have strength.
The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself.
I often asked Laplace what he thought of God. He owned that he was an atheist.
If you (to General Bertrand) do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, very well; then I did wrong to make you a general.
Champagne! In victory, one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.
I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate...and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.
Let the path be open to talent.
The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.
The more I study the world, the more I am convinced of the inability of brute force to create anything durable.
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.
In war, as in prostitution, amateurs are often better than professionals.
Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.
Success is the most convincing talker in the world.
Wisdom and policy dictate that we must do as destiny demands and keep peace with the irresistible march of events.
Unite for the public safety, if you would remain an independent nation.
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.
Oh well, no matter what happens, there's always death.
I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
The Turks can be killed, but they can never be conquered.
I hope before long to press you in my arms and shall shower on you a million burning kisses as under the Equator.
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.
A great Nation should have a fixed Government, so that the death of one man should not overturn it.
I have made noise enough in the world already, perhaps too much, and am now getting old, and want retirement.
There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.
In statesmanship there are predicaments from which it is impossible to escape without some wrongdoing.
Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.
France needs nothing so much to promote her regeneration as good mothers.
The heart may be broken, and the soul remain unshaken.
Treason is a matter of dates.
The most desirable quality in a soldier is constancy in the support of fatigue; valor is only secondary.
The true wealth of a state consists in the number of its inhabitants, in their toil and industry.
It is only with prudence, sagacity, and much dexterity that great aims are accomplished, and all obstacles surmounted. Otherwise nothing is accomplished.
An army's effectiveness depends on its size, training, experience, and morale, and morale is worth more than any of the other factors combined.
Put your iron hand in a velvet glove.
Prussia was hatched from a cannon-ball.
My star was fading, I felt the reins slipping out of my grasp, and could do nothing to stop it.
True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
The mind of a general ought to resemble and be as clear as the field-glass of a telescope.
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.
France always has plenty men of talent, but it is always deficient in men of action and high character.
Who saves his country violates no law.
He, who practices right, but in the hope of acquiring great renown, is very near to vice.
The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.
Artillery is more essential to cavalry than to infantry, because cavalry has no fire for its defence, but depends on the sabre.
When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation.
In war, three-quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter.
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.
Revolutions are like the most noxious dungheaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.
It is not necessary to prohibit or encourage oddities of conduct which are not harmful.
In revolution there are only two sorts of men, those who cause them and those who profit by them.
In matters of government, justice means force as well as virtue.
Rashness succeeds often, still more often fails.
The superior man follows nobody else's path.
The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.
History paints the human heart.
The Mohammedan religion is the finest of all.
Moses has revealed the existence of God to his nation. Jesus Christ to the Roman world, Muhammad to the old continent.
We often get in quicker by the back door than by the front.
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.
The logical end to defensive warfare is surrender.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
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.
I made all my generals out of mud.
A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.
France has more need of me than I have need of France.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
I have only one counsel for you -- be master.
I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
The French complain of everything, and always.
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
A Constitution should be short and obscure.
All religions have been made by men.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
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.
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.
Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire.
After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet.
As a rule, you must always reserve the right to laugh the next day at your thoughts of the previous night.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.
Man only succeeds in life by governing his character or by forging one.
A woman laughing is a woman conquered.
The most constant, the most powerful, and the most generous of all my enemies.
A good sketch is better than a long speech.
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.
Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration.
History is written by the winners.
Laws which are consistent in theory often prove chaotic in practice.
Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.
Keep a good table and attend to the ladies.
The world soffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people.
A beautiful woman like eyes, and a good heart; One is a beautiful thing, and other treasures.
A true man hates no one.
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.
The most dangerous moment comes with victory.
The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.
In our time no one has the conception of what is great. It is up to me to show them.
It would be a joke if the conduct of the victor had to be justified to the vanquished.
True character stands the test of emergencies. Do not be mistaken, it is weakness from which the awakening is rude.
Human life is the only thing that takes care of itself.
Providence is always on the side of the last reserve.
Six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool.
On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it.
I want the whole of Europe to have one currency; it will make trading much easier.
Fashion condemns us to many follies, the greatest is to make oneself its slave.
Until you spread your wings, you'll have no idea how far you can fly.
True wisdom for a general is vigorous determination.
Treaties are observed as long as they are in harmony with interests.
Obedience to public authority ought not to be based either on ignorance or stupidity.
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.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
A starving army is actually worse than none.
War is a lottery in which nations ought to risk nothing but small amounts.
An army travels on its stomach. Soup makes the soldier.
Men who have changed the world never achieved their success by winning the chief citizens to their side, but always by stirring the masses.
All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before a single word: faith.
It is often in the audacity, in the steadfastness, of the general that the safety and the conservation of his men is found.
He is almost a statesman. He lies well.
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.
Terrorism, War and Bankruptcy are caused by the privatization of money, issued as a debt and compounded by interest.
Do not talk to me of goodness, of abstract justice, of nature law. Necessity is the highest law, public welfare is the highest justice.
Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.
How many things apparently impossible have nevertheless been performed by resolute men who had no alternative but death.
In war, moral factors acount for three quarters of the whole; relative material strength accounts for only one quarter.
Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it.
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.
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.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.
In order not to be astonished at obtaining victories, one ought not to think only of defeats.
Take a dose of medicine once, and in all probability you will be obliged to take an additional hundred afterwards.
A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.
The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.
The merit of Mahomet is that he founded a religion without an inferno.
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.
In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.
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.
Morality for the upper classes, the gallows for the rabbles.
An empty throne always tempts me.
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.
Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.
Of all the peoples of Europe, Spaniards disgust me the least.
Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time.
Occupation is the scythe of time.
For the stability of the Government, the people should have a considerable voice in the elections.
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.
Men will risk their lives, even die for ribbons.
No amount of money will induce someone to lay down their life, but they will gladly do so for a bit of yellow ribbon.
While I live I will never resort to irredeemable paper.
Remember, gentlemen, what a Roman emperor said: The corpse of an enemy always smells sweet.
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.
The process of quitting smoking doesn't end with the last cigarette. It's not quitting itself, the real key is staying quit.
I may be accused or rashness, but not sluggishness.
When I want any, good head work done; I always choose a man, if possible with a long nose.
Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
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.
The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests.
Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe.
Speeches pass away, but acts remain.
You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success.
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Democracy may become frenzied, but it has feelings and can be moved. As for aristocracy, it is always cold and never forgives.
Great men are meteors, consuming themselves to light the world.
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.
We should wash our dirty linen at home.
The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.
Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species.
The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.
All things proclaim the existence of God.
The reason I beat the Austrians is, they did not known the value of five minutes.
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.
Where flowers degenerate man cannot live.
It is only by prudence, wisdom, and dexterity that great ends are attained and obstacles overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds.
Orders and decorations are necessary in order to dazzle the people.
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.
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.
Victory and disaster establish indestructible bonds between armies and their commanders.
I have come to realise that men are not born to be free.
Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
In Russia there are no roads -- only areas.
There shall be no Alps.
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.
In a great nation, the majority are incapable of judging wisely of things.
France will always be a great nation.
The battle of Austerlitz is the grandest of all I have fought.
The Emperor died forsaken by all, on this horrible rock. (St. Helena) His death struggle was awful!
Democracy, if it is reasonable, limits itself to giving everyone an equal opportunity to compete and to obtain.
The Concordat is not the victory of any one party but the consolidation of all.
Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze.
Cavalry is useful before, during, and after the battle.
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.
Man is entitled by birthright to a share of the earth's produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence.
There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.
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.
Oh Man, Man. How despicable in slavery, how great when fired with the love of freedom!
Leave the Artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot.
It is with artillery that war is made.
The best generals are those who have served in the artillery.
If I had not been defeated in Acre against Jezzar Pasha of Turk. I would conquer all of the East.
Not one cent should be raised unless it is in accord with the law.
The World is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good.
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.
Vengeance is without foresight.
It is not by whining that one carries out the job of king.
Variety made the Revolution. Liberty was just a pretext.
I cannot believe there is a god who punishes and rewards, for I see honest folk unlucky, and rogues unlucky.
A man becomes the creature of his uniform.
Generals who save troops for the next day are always beaten.
Men are led by trifles.
War is like government, a matter of tact.
Men are ruled by toys.
The sovereignty of the people is inalienable.
You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.
The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.
Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.
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.
If you know a country's geography, you can understand and predict its foreign policy.
To attach no importance to public opinion, is a proof that you do not merit its suffrage.
History is a myth that men agree to believe.
It is easy to know when a government wishes for peace by observing the character of the person sent to negotiate for it.
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.
From first to last, Jesus is the same; always the same -- majestic and simple, infinitely severe and infinitely gentle.
England would be better off without Canada; it keeps her in a prepared state for war at a great expense and constant irritation.
The English have no exaulted sentiments. They can all be bought.
In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power.
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.
Necessity dominates inclination, will, and right.
Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.
Fools have a great advantage over the wise; they are always self-satisfied.
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.
There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.
From triumph to downfall there is but one step.
Diplomacy is the police in grand costume.
If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard all hostility for them.
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!
The only way to lead people is to show them a future: a leader is a dealer in hope.
The only true conquests-those that awaken no regrets- are those obtained over our ignorance.
A general must be a charlatan.
Passionate people invariably deny their anger, and cowards often boast their ignorance of fear.
Audacity succeeds as often as it fails; in life it has an even chance.
All celebrated people lose dignity upon close inspection.
Independence, like honor, is a rocky island without a beach.
If I had to have a religion, I should adore the sun, for it is the sun that fertilizes everything.
Champagne. In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.
Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.
You try to distract yourself from the pain, but only death will end it.
The friendship of a great man is a favor of the gods.
A battle sometimes decides everything and sometimes the most trifling thing decides the fate of a battle.
In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.