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Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821 ,  French Emperor
NapoleonFrench general, first consul (1799–1804), and emperor of the French (1804–1814/15), one of the greatest commanders in history and one of the most celebrated personages of the West.
He rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars.
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, in Waterloo.

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On s'engage et puis on voit.

We encage and then we see.

in battle

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

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

A general must be a charlatan.

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

A leader is a dealer in hope.

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

A prince should suspect everything.

A revolution is an idea, taken up by bayonets.

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

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

A true man hates no one.

A woman laughing is a woman conquered.

Ability is nothing without opportunity.

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

An army marches on its stomach.

An army which cannot be reinforced is already defeated.

Aristocracy is the spirit of the Old Testament, democracy of the New.

As a rule, it is circumstances that make men.

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

Changing from the defensive to the offensive, is one of the most delicate operations in war.

China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.

Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.

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

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

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.

England is a nation of shopkeepers.

Europe is a molehill. It has never had any great empires, like those of the Orient, numbering six hundred million souls.

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

From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting.

He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.

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

History is written by the winners.

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.

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.

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

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

I know he's a good general, but is he lucky?

I saw the crown of France laying on the ground, so I picked it up with my sword.

If I had succeeded, I would have been the greatest man known to history.

If I were to give liberty to the press, my power could not last three days.

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

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

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

In Love, victory goes to the man who runs away.

In a battle, as in a siege, the art consists in concentrating very heavy fire on a particular point.

In politics, an absurdity is not an impediment.

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

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

In war, one must lean on an obstacle in order to overcome it.

In war, character and opinion make more than half of the reality.

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

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

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

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

Jesus Christ was the greatest republican.

Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied.

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

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

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

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.

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.

Only give them history books. Men should read nothing else.

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

Put your iron hand in a velvet glove.

And yet, what a novel my life has been!

Quel roman pourtant que ma vie!

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend.

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

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

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

after victory in Egypt

Success is the most convincing talker in the world.

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

The art of war consists in being always able, even with an inferior army, to have stronger forces than the enemy at the point of attack or the point which is attacked.

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

The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.

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

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

The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.

The hand that gives is above the hand that takes.

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

The military principles of Caesar were those of Hannibal, and those of Hannibal were those of Alexander: to hold his forces in hand, not to be vulnerable at any point, to throw all his forces with rapidity on any given point.

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

The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.

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

The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.

There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the mind.

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

Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others.

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

To have a right estimate of a man's character, we must see him in misfortune.

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

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

Variety made the Revolution. Liberty was just a pretext.

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

War is the business of barbarians.

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

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

Women are nothing but machines for producing children.

You don't govern men who don't have religion, you shoot them.

You don't reason with intellectuals. You shoot them.

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

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

Stupid Quotes

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.

rejecting the idea of a steamboat


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