Napoleon Bonaparte

French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)

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A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.
Ability is of little account without opportunity.
An army marches on its stomach.
Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything.
Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
I made all my generals out of mud.
I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.
If you wish to be a sucess in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.
Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
Men will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
Men, in general, are but great children.
Never awake me when you have good news to announce, because with good news nothing presses but when you have bad news, arouse me immediately, for then there is not an instant to be lost.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping the common people quiet.
Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich.
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.
The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains
The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.
The word impossible is not in my dictionary.
There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
There are two levers for moving men interest and fear.
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
We must laugh at man, to avoid crying for him.
What is history but a fable agreed upon.
[Medicine is] a collection of uncertain prescriptions the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.

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