Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I

Bonaparte, Napoleon I

French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France

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Men are led by trifles.

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

Knowledge and history are the enemies of religion.

History is but a fable [a set of lies] agreed upon.

In revolutions there are only two sorts of men, those who cause them and those who profit by them.

Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine.

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

Fashion condemns us to many follies: the greatest is to make oneself its slave.

For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor.

Diplomacy is the police in grand costume.

Do you know what amazes me more than anything else - the impotence of force to organize anything? There are only two powers in the world - the spirit and the sword; and in the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.

All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before one single word - faith.

A well-composed song strikes and softens the mind, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor affect the slightest alteration in our habits.

All religions have been made by men.

A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

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French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France