Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I

Bonaparte, Napoleon I

French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France

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Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

No one but myself can be blamed for my fall. I have been my own greatest enemy - the cause of my own disastrous fate.

My dominion ends where that of conscience begins.

Men of genius are meters destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.

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

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

It is only a step from victory to disaster. My experience is that, in a crisis, some detail always decides the issue.

International incidents must not be allowed to shape foreign policy; foreign policy must shape the incidents.

Imagination rules the world.

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

I had few really definite ideas, and the reason for this was that, instead of obstinately seeking to control circumstances, I obeyed them, and they forced me to change my mind all the time.

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.

Great empires die of indigestion.

From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.

Don’t talk to me of goodness, of abstract justice, of natural law. Necessity is the highest law.

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.

Collective crimes incriminate no one.

Circumstances - what are circumstances? I make circumstances.

Barère still believes that the masses must be stirred. On the contrary, they must be guided without their noticing it.

Anatomy is destiny.

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

A man will fight harder for his interests than his rights.

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.

Who saves his country violates no law.

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French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France