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Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military general who rose to prominence in the French Revolution, becoming the ruler of France as First Consul of the French Republic (11 November 1799 - 18 May 1804), and then Emperor of the French and King of Italy under the name Napoleon I (18 May 1804 - 6 April 1814, and again briefly from 20 March - 22 June 1815).

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1. “Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source and Related Info: A good sketch is better than a long speech.
 • Quoted in L'Arche de Noé (1968) by Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, p. 48; this has sometimes also been translated as "A picture is worth a thousand words", though it is not known to be the origin of that English expression.

2. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: As quoted in The Military Quotation Book (2002) by James Charlton, p. 93

3. “Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Attributed in Monarchy or Money Power (1933), by R. McNair Wilson. No primary source for this is known.

4. “Ability is nothing without opportunity.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: As quoted in Have You Ever Noticed? : The Wit and Irony of Every Day Life (1985) by Joe Moore

5. “Women are nothing but machines for producing children.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud (9 January 1817); as quoted in The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud, 1815-1818 : Being a Diary written at St. Helena during a part of Napoleon's Captivity (1932) as translated by Norman Edwards, a translation of Journal de Sainte-Hélène 1815-1818 by General Gaspard Gourgaud

6. “From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source and Related Info: Speaking about troubles in the invasions of Russia (10 December 1812), as recorded by Abbé du Pradt, and quoted in History of Europe from the Commencement of the French Revolution in 1789, to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815, Vol. 3 (1842) by Sir Archibald Alison, p. 593
• Variant translations:
There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

7. “Imagination governs the world.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

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

—Napoleon I of France

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9. “What then is, generally speaking, the truth of history? A fable agreed upon.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Conversation with Emmanuel, comte de Las Cases (20 November 1816), Mémorial de Sainte Hélène, v. 4, p. 251. However, the phrase predates Napoleon. Helvétius attributes it to Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, De l'esprit (1758), p. 443

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

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: As quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by Rev. James Wood, p. 567

11. “'''The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: On the subject of torture, in a letter to Louis Alexandre Berthier (11 November 1798), published in Correspondance Napoleon edited by Henri Plon (1861), Vol. V, No. 3606, p. 128

12. “There is but a step from the sublime to the ridiculous.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon's favourite maxim, quoted in The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte by William Hodgson (1841), p. 477

13. “Le mot impossible n'est pas français.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source and Related Info: The word impossible is not French.
• Letter to General Jean Le Marois (9 July 1813), quoted in Famous Sayings and their Authors (1906) by Edward Latham, p. 138
 • Variant attribution : Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
• The letter says: "Ce n'est pas possible", m'ecrivez-vous: cela n'est pas français.Original Source

14. “The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Statement at Montereau (17 February 1814)

15. “He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.”

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Source: Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848): Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts of Emperor Napoleon collected and published by Cte. A. G. de Liancourt; edited by James Alexander Manning; this work is also sometimes referred to as Maxims of Napoleon p. 146

16. “A King should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination.”

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Source: Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848): Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts of Emperor Napoleon collected and published by Cte. A. G. de Liancourt; edited by James Alexander Manning; this work is also sometimes referred to as Maxims of Napoleon

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

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Source: Statement (1803) as quoted in The Mind of Napoleon (1955) by J. Christopher Herold

18. “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.”

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Source: Statement at Paris (23 January 1814)

19. “I see that everybody has lost their head since the infamous capitulation of Bailén. I realise that I must go there myself to get the machine working again.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Said after Dupont's capitulation at Bailén to the Spanish (1808), as quoted in The Art of Warfare on Land (1974) by David G. Chandler, p. 164

20. “Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Memoirs of Napoleon (1829-1831): Memoirs of Napoleon was published in 10 volumes (1829-1831) by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne who from 1797 to 1802 had been a private secretary to Napoleon.

21. “Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.”

—Napoleon I of France

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22. “When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848): Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts of Emperor Napoleon collected and published by Cte. A. G. de Liancourt; edited by James Alexander Manning; this work is also sometimes referred to as Maxims of Napoleon p. 30

23. “A Government protected by foreigners will never be accepted by a free people.”

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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26. “One can lead a nation only by helping it see a bright outlook. A leader is a dealer in hope.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

27. “A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

28. “I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness.”

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Source: Letter to Sheikh El-Messiri, (28 August 1798); published in Correspondance Napoleon edited by Henri Plon (1861), Vol.4, No. 3148, p. 420

29. “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.”

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Source: Statement at the beginning of the 1813 campaign, as quoted in The Mind of Napoleon (1955) by J. Christopher Herold, p. 45

30. “What is a throne? — a bit of wood gilded and covered in velvet. I am the state— I alone am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached me in public — people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Statement to the Senate (1814) He echoes here the remark attributed to Louis XIV L'état c'est moi ( "The State is I" or more commonly: "I am the State.")

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

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Proclamation to the French People (22 June 1815)

32. “Wherever wood can swim, there I am sure to find this flag of England.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Statement at Rochefort (July 1815)

33. “I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them. It did me little good to be holding the helm; no matter how strong my hands, the sudden and numerous waves were stronger still, and I was wise enough to yield to them rather than resist them obstinately and make the ship founder. Thus I never was truly my own master but was always ruled by circumstances.”

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Source: Conversation with Emmanuel, comte de Las Cases (11 November 1816), Mémorial de Sainte Hélène, v. 4, p. 133.

34. “Religions are all founded on miracles — on things we cannot understand, such as the Trinity. Jesus calls himself the Son of God, and yet is descended from David. I prefer the religion of Mahomet — it is less ridiculous than ours.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Letter from St. Helena (28 August 1817); as quoted in The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud, 1815-1818 : Being a Diary written at St. Helena during a part of Napoleon's Captivity (1932) as translated by Norman Edwards, a translation of Journal de Sainte-Hélène 1815-1818 by General Gaspard Gourgaud, t.2, p. 226

35. “The Mohammedan religion is the finest of all”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Talks of Napoleon at St. Helena with General Baron Gourgaud, together with the journal kept by Gourgaud on their journey from Waterloo to St Helena (1903), pp. 279–280

36. “Muhammad was a prince; he rallied his compatriots around him. In a few years, the Muslims conquered half of the world. They plucked more souls from false gods, knocked down more idols, razed more pagan temples in fifteen years than the followers of Moses and Jesus did in fifteen centuries. Muhammad was a great man. He would indeed have been a god, if the revolution that he had performed had not been prepared by the circumstances.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Campagnes d'Egypte et Syrie, Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1998, p. 275. Translated by John Tolan in European Accounts of Muhammad's Life. Napoleon wrote his memoirs on the island of Saint Helena. It is here he develops his portrait of Muhammad as a model lawmaker and conqueror.

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

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: To Dr. Arnott (April 1821)

38. “Among so many conflicting ideas and so many different perspectives, the honest man is confused and distressed and the skeptic becomes wicked … Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates, loots, and burns. Considering the alternative, it is better to eat than to be eaten.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Letter to his brother, as quoted in The Age of Napoleon (2002) by J. Christopher Herold, p. 8

39. “More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Memoirs of Napoleon (1829-1831): Memoirs of Napoleon was published in 10 volumes (1829-1831) by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne who from 1797 to 1802 had been a private secretary to Napoleon.

40. “Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others.”

—Napoleon I of France

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41. “The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848): Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts of Emperor Napoleon collected and published by Cte. A. G. de Liancourt; edited by James Alexander Manning; this work is also sometimes referred to as Maxims of Napoleon p. 146

42. “A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.”

—Napoleon I of France

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43. “Power is founded upon opinion.”

—Napoleon I of France

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44. “Sometimes a great example is necessary to all the public functionaries of the state.”

—Napoleon I of France

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45. “A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated.”

—Napoleon I of France

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46. “Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting.”

—Napoleon I of France

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47. “You cannot treat with all the world at once.”

—Napoleon I of France

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48. “There are only two forces that unite men — fear and interest. All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

49. “Man achieves in life only by commanding the capabilities nature has given him, or by creating them within himself by education and by knowing how to profit by the difficulties encountered.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

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

—Napoleon I of France

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51. “A prince should suspect everything.”

—Napoleon I of France

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52. “A book in which there were no lies would be a curiosity.”

—Napoleon I of France

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53. “Charity and alms are recommended in every chapter of the Koran as being the most acceptable services, both to God and the Prophet.”

—Napoleon I of France

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54. “I do not see in religion the mystery of the incarnation so much as the mystery of the social order. It introduces into the thought of heaven an idea of equalization, which saves the rich from being massacred by the poor.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916) Often paraphrased as “Religion keeps the poor from killing the rich.”

55. “A general must be a charlatan.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

56. “Unhappy the general who comes on the field of battle with a system.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

57. “In civil war it is not given to every man to know how to conduct himself. There is something more than military prudence necessary; there is need of sagacity and the knowledge of men.”

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Source: Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)

58. “Morality has nothing to do with such a man as I am.”

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Source: As quoted in The Story of World Progress (1922) by Willis Mason West, p. 433

59. “Waterloo will wipe out the memory of my forty victories; but that which nothing can wipe out is my Civil Code. That will live forever.”

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Source: As quoted in The Story of World Progress (1922) by Willis Mason West, p. 437

60. “Send me 300 francs; that sum will enable me to go to Paris. There, at least, one can cut a figure and surmount obstacles. Everything tells me I shall succeed. Will you prevent me from doing so for the want of 100 crowns?”

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Source: Letter to his uncle, Joseph Fesch (June 1791), as quoted in A Selection from the Letters and Despatches of the First Napoleon. With Explanatory Notes (1884) edited by D. A. Bingham, Vol. I, p. 24

61. “My waking thoughts are all of thee. Your portrait and the remembrance of last night's delirium have robbed my senses of repose. Sweet and incomparable Josephine, what an extraordinary influence you have over my heart. Are you vexed? Do I see you sad? Are you ill at ease? My soul is broken with grief, and there is no rest for your lover.”

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Source: Letter to Joséphine de Beauharnais (February 1796), as translated in Napoleon's Letters to Josephine 1796-1812 (1901) edited by Henry Foljambe Hall

62. “All great events hang by a hair. The man of ability takes advantage of everything and neglects nothing that can give him a chance of success; whilst the less able man sometimes loses everything by neglecting a single one of those chances.”

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Source: Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Passariano (26 September 1797), as quoted in Napoleon as a General (1902) by Maximilian Yorck von Wartenburg, p. 269

63. “What I have done up to this is nothing. I am only at the beginning of the course I must run. Do you imagine that I triumph in Italy in order to aggrandise the pack of lawyers who form the Directory, and men like Carnot and Barras? What an idea!”

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Source: As quoted in Memoirs of Count Miot de Melito (1788 - 1815) as translated by Frances Cashel Hoey and John Lillie (1881), Vol. II, p. 94

64. “The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even to relinquish life, for the good of his country.”

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Source: Act of Abdication (4 April 1814)

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

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Source: On board H.M.S. Bellerophon (August 1815)

66. “I generally had to give in.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Statement on his relations with the Empress Josephine (19 May 1816), quoted in The Story of Civilization (1935) by Will Durant and Ariel Durant, p. 234

67. “My maxim was, la carrière est ouverte aux talents, without distinction of birth or fortune.”

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Source: Statement while on St. Helena (3 March 1817)

68. “Muhammad was a great man, an intrepid soldier; with a handful of men he triumphed at the battle of Bender (sic); a great captain, eloquent, a great man of state, he revived his fatherland and created a new people and a new power in the middle of Arabia.”

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Source: Statement of 1817 quoted in Précis des guerres de César, écrit à Sainte-Hélène sous la dictée de l'empereur (1836) edited by Comte Marchand, p. 237. This work was written by Napoleon during his exile on St. Helena. Translated by Ziad Elmarsafy in The Enlightenment Qur'an.

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

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Source and Related Info: Statement of 1812, quoted in Napoleon's Cavalry and its Leaders (1978) by David Johnson
 • Les hommes ordinaires ont succombé, disait-il; les hommes de fer ont été faits prisonniers; je ne ramène avec moi que les hommes de bronze.
  • Mémoires du colonel Combe sur les campagnes de Russie 1812, de Saxe 1813, de France 1814 et 1815. Paris 1853. p. 184 books.google

70. “Depuis le premier jour jusqu'au dernier, il est le même, toujours le même, majestueux et simple , infiniment sévère et infiniment doux ; dans un commerce de vie pour ainsi dire public, Jésus ne donne jamais de prise à la moindre critique; sa conduite si prudente ravit l'admiration par un mélange de force et de douceur.”

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Source: Wikiquote: "Napoleon I of France" (Quotes)

71. “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.”

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Source and Related Info: Addressing members of the Catholic clergy assembled during ‘Bonaparte's Conference with the Catholic and Protestant clergy at Breda,’ May 1, 1810 (originally reported in the Gazette of Dorpt), as quoted in The life of Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of the French: with a preliminary view of the French revolution, Sir Walter Scott, Philadelphia: Leary & Getz, 1857, p. 91
  • As quoted in The Christian Observer, Volume 10, 1861, p. 261

72. “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 I of France

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Source: Quoted by George Gordon Andrews in Napoleon in Review (1939)http://books.google.com/books?id=hnvRAAAAMAAJ&q="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"&pg=PA8#v=onepage

73. “Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.”

—Napoleon I of France

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Source: Memoirs of Napoleon (1829-1831): Memoirs of Napoleon was published in 10 volumes (1829-1831) by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne who from 1797 to 1802 had been a private secretary to Napoleon.

74. “What is the government? nothing, unless supported by opinion.”

—Napoleon I of France

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75. “The people must not be counted upon; they cry indifferently : ‘Long live the King!’ and ‘Long live the Conspirators!’ a proper direction must be given to them, and proper instruments employed to effect it.”

—Napoleon I of France

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76. “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 I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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78. “Many a one commits a reprehensible action, who is at bottom an honourable man, because man seldom acts upon natural impulse, but from some secret passion of the moment which lies hidden and concealed within the narrowest folds of his heart.”

—Napoleon I of France

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79. “The life of a citizen is the property of his country.”

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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81. “The superior man is never in anyone's way.”

—Napoleon I of France

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82. “There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.”

—Napoleon I of France

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83. “Success is the most convincing talker in the world.”

—Napoleon I of France

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84. “As a rule it is circumstances that make men.”

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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86. “One must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered.”

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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88. “From triumph to downfall is but a step. I have seen a trifle decide the most important issues in the gravest affairs.”

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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90. “The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences.”

—Napoleon I of France

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91. “A congress of the powers is deceit agreed on between diplomats — it is the pen of Machiavelli combined with the scimitar of Mahomet.”

—Napoleon I of France

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92. “Destiny urges me to a goal of which I am ignorant. Until that goal is attained I am invulnerable, unassailable. When Destiny has accomplished her purpose in me, a fly may suffice to destroy me.”

—Napoleon I of France

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93. “Men have their virtues and their vices, their heroisms and their perversities; men are neither wholly good nor wholly bad, but possess and practice all that there is of good and bad here below. Such is the general rule. Temperament, education, the accidents of life, are modifying factors. Outside of this, everything is ordered arrangement, everything is chance. Such has been my rule of expectation and it has usually brought me success.”

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

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95. “The great mass of society are far from being depraved; for if a large majority were criminal or inclined to break the laws, where would the force or power be to prevent or constrain them? And herein is the real blessing of civilization, because this happy result has its origin in her bosom, growing out of her very nature.”

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96. “What are we? What is the future? What is the past? What magic fluid envelops us and hides from us the things it is most important for us to know? We are born, we live, and we die in the midst of the marvelous.”

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

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98. “It is a mistake, too, to say that the face is the mirror of the soul. The truth is, men are very hard to know, and yet, not to be deceived, we must judge them by their present actions, but for the present only.”

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99. “One is more certain to influence men, to produce more effect on them, by absurdities than by sensible ideas.”

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100. “It is not true that men never change; they change for the worse, as well as for the better. It is not true they are ungrateful; more often the benefactor rates his favors higher than their worth; and often too he does not allow for circumstances. If few men have the moral force to resist impulses, most men do carry within themselves the germs of virtues as well as of vices, of heroism as well as of cowardice. Such is human nature — education and circumstances do the rest.”

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101. “Ordinarily men exercise their memory much more than their judgment.”

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102. “There is nothing so imperious as feebleness which feels itself supported by force.”

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

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104. “How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.”

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105. “The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself.”

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106. “Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.”

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107. “One must learn to forgive and not to hold a hostile, bitter attitude of mind, which offends those about us and prevents us from enjoying ourselves; one must recognize human shortcomings and adjust himself to them rather than to be constantly finding fault with them.”

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108. “In love the only safety is in flight.”

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109. “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.”

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

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111. “The great difficulty with politics is, that there are no established principles.”

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112. “The truth is that one ought to serve his people worthily, and not strive solely to please them. The best way to gain a people is to do that which is best for them. Nothing is more dangerous than to flatter a people. If it does not get what it wants immediately, it is irritated and thinks that promises have not been kept; and if then it is resisted, it hates so much the more as it feels itself deceived.”

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113. “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 I of France

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114. “There is no such thing as an absolute despotism; it is only relative. A man cannot wholly free himself from obligation to his fellows. A sultan who cut off heads from caprice, would quickly lose his own in the same way. Excesses tend to check themselves by reason of their own violence. What the ocean gains in one place it loses in another.”

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115. “We are made weak both by idleness and distrust of ourselves. Unfortunate, indeed, is he who suffers from both. If he is a mere individual he becomes nothing; if he is a king he is lost.”

—Napoleon I of France

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116. “In politics, an absurdity is not an impediment.”

—Napoleon I of France

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117. “The most difficult art is not in the choice of men, but in giving to the men chosen the highest service of which they are capable.”

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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120. “The laws of circumstance are abolished by new circumstances.”

—Napoleon I of France

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121. “Some revolutions are inevitable. There are moral eruptions, just as the outbreak of volcanoes are physical eruptions. When the chemical combinations which produce them are complete, the volcanic eruptions burst forth, just as revolutions do when the moral factors are in the right state. In order to foresee them the trend of ideas must be understandingly observed.”

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122. “It is rare that a legislature reasons. It is too quickly impassioned.”

—Napoleon I of France

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123. “Parties weaken themselves by their fear of capable men.”

—Napoleon I of France

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

—Napoleon I of France

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125. “We frustrate many designs against us by pretending not to see them.”

—Napoleon I of France

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126. “To listen to the interests of all, marks an ordinary government; to foresee them, marks a great government.”

—Napoleon I of France

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127. “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 I of France

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128. “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 I of France

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129. “Laws which are consistent in theory often prove chaotic in practice.”

—Napoleon I of France

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130. “Aristocracy is the spirit of the Old Testament, democracy of the New.”

—Napoleon I of France

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131. “The existence of God is attested by everything that appeals to our imagination. And if our eye cannot reach Him it is because He has not permitted our intelligence to go so far.”

—Napoleon I of France

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132. “Jesus Christ was the greatest republican.”

—Napoleon I of France

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133. “The religious zeal which animates priests, leads them to undertake labors and to brave perils which would be far beyond the powers of one in secular employment.”

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134. “Conscience is the most sacred thing among men. Every man has within him a still small voice, which tells him that nothing on earth can oblige him to believe that which he does not believe. The worst of all tyrannies is that which obliges eighteen-twentieths of a nation to embrace a religion contrary to their beliefs, under penalty of being denied their rights as citizens and of owning property, which, in effect, is the same thing as being without a country.”

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135. “Fanaticism must be put to sleep before it can be eradicated.”

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136. “Policemen and prisons ought never to be the means used to bring men back to the practice of religion.”

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

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138. “The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests.”

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139. “Man loves the marvelous. It has an irresistible charm for him. He is always ready to leave that with which he is familiar to pursue vain inventions. He lends himself to his own deception.”

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

—Napoleon I of France