Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I

Bonaparte, Napoleon I

French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France

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Ability is nothing without opportunity.

A true man hates no one.

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

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

A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.

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.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.

Work with your ministers twice a week – once with each of them separately and once with them all together in Council.

Women belong to the highest bidder. Power is what they like – it is the greatest of all aphrodisiacs.

When it comes to conspiracy, everything is permissible.

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

Vengeance has no foresight.

To absorb, to emit, to form new combinations – that is life.

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

There are different ways of assassinating a man - by pistol, sword, poison, or moral assassination. They are the same in their results except that the last is more cruel.

The truest wisdom, in general, is a resolute determinism.

The true wealth of a state consists in the number of its inhabitants, in their toil and industry.

The police invent more than they discover.

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.

The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.

The men who have changed the universe have never accomplished it changing officials but always by inspiring the people.

The art of the police consists in punishing rarely and severely.

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

Nothing is more salutary than a terrible example given at the right time.

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French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France