Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I

Bonaparte, Napoleon I

French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Fanaticism must be put to sleep before it can be eradicated.

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.

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

An army which cannot be reenforced is already defeated.

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.

Adversity is the midwife of genius.

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

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

When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.

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.

The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.

A woman laughing is a woman conquered.

The only victory over love is flight.

This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief of one dog.

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

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

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French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France