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Napoleon Bonaparte quotes (104)

A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.
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A Constitution should be short and obscure.
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A leader is a dealer in hope.
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A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.
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A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
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A picture is worth a thousand words.
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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.
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A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
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A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
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A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
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A true man hates no one.
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Ability is nothing without opportunity.
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All religions have been made by men.
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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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Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
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An army marches on its stomach.
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Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
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Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
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Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
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England is a nation of shopkeepers.
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Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.
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Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
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France has more need of me than I have need of France.
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From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
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Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
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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.
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He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
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He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
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History is a set of lies agreed upon.
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History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
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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.
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I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.
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I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.
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I have only one counsel for you - be master.
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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.
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I made all my generals out of mud.
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If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
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If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
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If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
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If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
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Imagination rules the world.
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Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
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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.
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In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
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In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
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It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
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It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
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Let the path be open to talent.
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Medicines are only fit for old people.
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Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
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Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
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Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.
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Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.
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Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
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Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
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Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
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One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
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One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
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Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
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Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
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Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
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Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
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Respect the burden.
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Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
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Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
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Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
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Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
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Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
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The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.
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The army is the true nobility of our country.
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