Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I

Bonaparte, Napoleon I

French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France

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Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.

Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.

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

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

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

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

Let the path be open to talent.

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

In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

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.

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

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.

I have only one counsel for you - be master.

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

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.

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

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

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

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

Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.

England is a nation of shopkeepers.

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.

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

An army marches on its stomach.

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

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French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France