Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Here you may find the best collection of Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes.

I have only one counsel for you – be master.

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.

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

Imagination rules the world.

The human race is governed by its imagination.

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

History is a set of lies agreed upon.

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

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.

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

In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

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

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.

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

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

A true man hates no one.

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

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

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

There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest.

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

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

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

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

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.

An army marches on its stomach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respect the burden.

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

We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.

In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.

England is a nation of shopkeepers.

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

The French complain of everything, and always.

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

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 revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.

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

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

Women are nothing but machines for producing children.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

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

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

Ability is nothing without opportunity.

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

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

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.

If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.

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

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

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

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.

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

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

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

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.

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

All religions have been made by men.

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

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

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.

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

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

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

War is the business of barbarians.

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

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

Let the path be open to talent.

A Constitution should be short and obscure.

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.

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.

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

Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.

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

A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.

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.

What is history but a fable agreed upon?

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

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

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

The army is the true nobility of our country.

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

The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.

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

The word impossible is not in my dictionary.

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

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

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

Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.

A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.

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

Medicines are only fit for old people.

I made all my generals out of mud.

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