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In these days the invention of printing, and the diffusion of knowledge, render historical calumnies a little less dangerous: truth will always prevail in the long run, but how slow its progress! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The process of quitting smoking doesn't end with the last cigarette. It's not quitting itself, the real key is staying quit -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I have so often been mistaken that I no longer blush for it -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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One must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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All religions have been made by men. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The fate of war is to be exalted in the morning, and low enough at night! There is but one step from triumph to ruin. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The love of glory is like the bridge that Satan built across Chaos to pass from Hell to Paradise: glory links the past with the future across a bottomless abyss. Nothing to my son, except my name! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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War is not at all such a difficult art as people think ... In reality it would seem that he is vanquished who is afraid of his adversary and the the whole secret lies in that. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When you determine to risk a battle, reserve to yourself every possible chance of success, more particularly if you have to deal with an adversary of superior talent, for if you are beaten, even in the midst of your magazines and your communications, woe to the vanquished! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Leaders have to be dealers in hope. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Conscription is the vitality of a nation, the purification of its morality, and the real foundations of all its habits -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Between a battle lost and a battle won, the distance is immense and there stand empires. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Ability is noting without opportunity -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If I had not been defeated in Acre against Jezzar Pasha of Turk. I would conquer all of the East -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The inevitable end of multiple chiefs is that they fade and disappear for lack of unity. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A commander in chief ought to say to himself several times a day: If the enemy should appear on my front, on my right, on my left, what would I do? And if the question finds him uncertain, he is not well placed, he is not as he should be, and he should remedy it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Insubordination may only be the evidence of a strong mind. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, and fools of the future. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The only conquests that are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Send me 300 francs; that sum will enable me to go to Paris. There, at least, one can cut a figure and surmount obstacles. Everything tells me I shall succeed. Will you prevent me from doing so for the want of 100 crowns? -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It's the people who are in the wrong who get angry. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war, as in politics, no evil - even if it is permissible under the rules - is excusable unless it is absolutely necessary. Everything beyond that is a crime. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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True character stands the test of emergencies. Do not be mistaken, it is weakness from which the awakening is rude. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We should always go before our enemies with confidence, otherwise our apparent uneasiness inspires them with greater boldness. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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What a solace Christianity must be to one who has an undoubted conviction of its truth! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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China? There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep! For when he wakes he will move the world. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Never lose sight of this maxim, that you should establish your cantonments at the most distant and best protected point from the enemy, especially where a surprise is possible. By this means you will have time to unite all your forces before he can attack you. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Oh well, no matter what happens, there's always death. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Great events ever depend but upon a single hair. The adroit man profits by everything, neglects nothing which can increase his chances; the less adroit, by sometimes disregarding a single chance, fails in everything. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Much shedding of blood, many great actions, and triumphs, toil and perseverance are the end of all things human. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To negotiate is not to do as one likes. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A man occupied with public or other important business cannot, and need not, attend to spelling. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The poor man commands respect; the beggar must always excite anger. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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God is on the side with the best artillery -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Pure politics is merely the calculus of combinations and of chances. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If I always appear prepared, it is because before entering an undertaking, I have meditated long and have foreseen what might occur. It is not genius which reveals to me suddenly and secretly what I should do in circumstances unexpected by others; it is thought and preparation -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To have good soldiers, a nation must always be at war. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There are certain things in war of which the commander alone comprehends the importance. Nothing but his superior firmness and ability can subdue and surmount all difficulties. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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An army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Liberty is a need felt by a small class of people whom nature has endowed with nobler minds than the mass of men; ... Consequently, it may be repressed with impunity. Equality, on the other hand, pleases the masses. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Lead the ideas of your time and they will accompany and support you; fall behind them and they drag you along with them; oppose them and they will overwhelm you. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A victorious general must know how to employ severity, justness, and mildness by turns, if he would allay sedition or prevent it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Necessity dominates inclination, will, and right. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You cannot stop me; I spend thirty thousand men a month. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It should not be believed that a march of three or four days in the wrong direction can be corrected by a countermarch. As a rule, this is to make two mistakes instead of one. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war the simplest manoeuvres are the best. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Take a dose of medicine once, and in all probability you will be obliged to take an additional hundred afterwards -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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France needs nothing so much to promote her regeneration as good mothers. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I cannot believe there is a god who punishes and rewards, for I see honest folk unlucky, and rogues unlucky. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To be believed make the truth unbelievable. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I made all my generals out of mud. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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An army which cannot be regularly recruited is a doomed army. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Moses has revealed the existence of God to his nation. Jesus Christ to the Roman world, Muhammad to the old continent ... -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Put a rogue in the limelight and he will act like an honest man. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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As for moral courage, it is very rare, he said, to find that kind found at 2 o'clock in the morning; that is to say, courage in the face of the unexpected. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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No amount of money will induce someone to lay down their life, but they will gladly do so for a bit of yellow ribbon. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The mind of a general ought to resemble and be as clear as the field-glass of a telescope. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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True wisdom for a general is vigorous determination. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Love is the occupation of the idle man, the amusement of a busy one, and the shipwreck of a sovereign. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I love a brave soldier who has undergone the baptism of fire. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The Bible is not merely a book-it is a living power ... Nowhere as in the Bible can be found such a series of beautiful ideas and admirable maxims which pose before us like the battalions of a celestial army ... The soul can never go astray while it has this book for its guide. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Against attempts on my life, I trust in my luck, my good genius, and my guards. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is only one thing in this world, and that is to keep acquiring money and more money, power and more power. All the rest is meaningless. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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All the great captains have performed vast achievements by conforming with the rules of art
by adjusting efforts to obstacles. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I believe love to be hurtful to society, and to the individual happiness of men. I believe, in short, that love does more harm than good. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Public esteem is the recompense of honest men. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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What is a throne? - a bit of wood gilded and covered in velvet. I am the state - I alone am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached me in public - people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We are either kings or pawns of men -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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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. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If I were an Englishman, I should esteem the man who advised a war with China to be the greatest living enemy of my country. You would be beaten in the end, and perhaps a revolution in India would follow. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of my self, Caesar, and Alexander should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant-Jesus-s hould be able to stretch His hands across the centuries and control the destinies of men and nations. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The unwilling soldier will do anything to fight for a useless fabric piece of ribbon. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, Eugene and Frederic ... This is the only way to become a great general and master the secrets of the art of war. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Alexander, Charlemagne and myself all tried to found an empire on force and we failed. Jesus Christ is building an empire on love, and today there are millions of people who would gladly die for His sake. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It would be a joke if the conduct of the victor had to be justified to the vanquished. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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God has decreed that there be sick and poor in this world, but in the next it will be the other way around. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The world suffers a lot.not because of the violence of bad people .but because of the silence of good people -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Parties weaken themselves by their fear of capable men. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Time is the great art of man. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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My mind is a chest of drawers. When I wish to deal with a subject, I shut all the drawers but the one in which the subject is to be found. When I am wearied, I shut all the drawers and go to sleep. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is no strength without justice. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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America is a fortunate country. She grows by the follies of our European nations. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men will risk their lives, even die for ribbons. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Public morals are natural complement of all laws they are by themselves an entire code. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I have seen in the most significant of circumstances, that some little thing always decides great events. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Sometimes a single battle decides everything and sometimes, too, the slightest circumstance decides the issue of a battle. There is a moment in every battle at which the least manoeuvre is decisive and gives superiority, as one drop of water causes overflow. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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An army travels on its stomach. Soup makes the soldier. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A great Nation should have a fixed Government, so that the death of one man should not overturn it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Leave the Artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot ... -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Cavalry is useful before, during, and after the battle. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is the business of cavalry to follow up the victory, and to prevent the beaten army from rallying. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Artillery is more essential to cavalry than to infantry, because cavalry has no fire for its defence, but depends on the sabre. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Charges of cavalry are equally useful at the beginning, the middle and the end of a battle. They should be made always, if possible, on the flanks of the infantry, especially when the latter is engaged in front. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The leader's role is to define reality, then give hope -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Good infantry is without doubt the sinews of an army; but if it has to fight a long time against very superior artillery, it will become demoralized and will be destroyed. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The spectacle of a field of battle after the combat, is sufficient to inspire Princes with the love of peace, and the horror of war. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Envy is a declaration of inferiority. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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My success and everything good that I have done, I owe to my mother. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A magistrate is not a father; he must be just and severe. Only tyrants are fathers. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I have noticed in every campaign that I have fought-that there is a key segment of time, somewhere between 13 and 15 minutes in which the battle is won or lost. I focus on that segment of time, and I win. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I engage and after that I see what to do. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There are two kinds of fidelity, that of dogs and that of cats; you, gentleman, have the fidelity of cats who never leave the house. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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France is invaded; I am leaving to take command of my troops, and, with God's help and their valor, I hope soon to drive the enemy beyond the frontier. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Generals who save troops for the next day are always beaten. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Ordinarily men exercise their memory much more than their judgment. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I often asked Laplace what he thought of God. He owned that he was an atheist. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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What are the conditions that make for the superiority of an army? Its internal organization, military habits in officers and men, the confidence of each in themselves; that is to say, bravery, patience, and all that is contained in the idea of moral means. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The fate of a Nation may sometimes depend upon the position of a fortress. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To have a right estimate of a man's character, we must see him in misfortune. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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This man Wellington is so stupid he does not know when he is beaten and goes on fighting. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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An urgent missive sent to Josephine Home in three days. Don't wash. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard all hostility for them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Every beggar shall be arrested. But to arrest a beggar merely in order to put him in jail would be barbarous and absurd. He should be arrested for the sole purpose of teaching him how to earn a living by his work. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To live, is to suffer; and the honest man is always fighting to be master of his own mind. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Rashness succeeds often, still more often fails. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Of all the peoples of Europe, Spaniards disgust me the least. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Do not talk to me of goodness, of abstract justice, of nature law. Necessity is the highest law, public welfare is the highest justice. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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From triumph to downfall there is but one step. I have noted that, in the most momentous occasions, mere nothings have always decided the outcome of the greatest events. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Give me enough medals and I'll win you any war -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Soldiers win battles and generals get the medals. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I would rather have a general who was lucky than one who was good. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Which is heavier: a soldier's pack or a slave's chains? -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The true wealth of a state consists in the number of its inhabitants, in their toil and industry. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Adversity is the midwife of genius -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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After me, the Revolution - or, rather the ideas which formed it - will resume their course. It will be like a book from which the marker is removed, and one starts to read again at the page where one left off. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I treat policies like war. I hoodwink one flank so as to trounce the other. In my family we kneel only to God. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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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. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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What my enemies call a general peace is my destruction. What I call peace is merely the disarmament of my enemies. Am I not more moderate than they? -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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All the scholastic scaffolding
falls, as a ruined edifice,
before one single word - faith. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Better to have an open enemy, than hidden friends. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Six hours' sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool, -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war, three-quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If it had not been for the English I should have been emperor of the East, but wherever there is water to float a ship we are sure to find them in our way. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The best medicine against the grapes of wrath is a whiff of grapeshot -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The nature of strategy consists of always having, even with a weaker army, more forces at the point of attack or at the point where one is being attacked than the enemy. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Die young, and I shall accept your death-but not if you have lived without glory, without being useful to your country, without leaving a trace of your existence: for that is not to have lived at all. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You wish to sail a ship up stream by lighting a fire under its decks, I have no time for such nonsense. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If you (to General Bertrand) do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, very well; then I did wrong to make you a general. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Called to the throne by the voice of the people, my maxim has always been: A career open to talent without distinction of birth. It is this system of equality for which the European oligarchy detests me -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I do not believe it is in our nature to love impartially. We deceive ourselves when we think we can love two beings, even our own children, equally. There is always a dominant affection. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Life is strewn with so many dangers, and can be the source of so many misfortunes, that death is not the greatest of them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I make my battle plans from the spirit of my sleeping soldiers -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Nothing is so important in war as an undivided command. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When I had the honor to be a second lieutenant, I ate dry bread, but I never let anyone know that I was poor. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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An army's effectiveness depends on its size, training, experience, and morale, and morale is worth more than any of the other factors combined. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Every French soldier carriers a marshal's baton in his knapsack. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Machiavelli is right: one always must live with one's friends with the idea that they may turn into one's enemies. He should have said, with everyone. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It's the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures victory -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You cannot drag a man's conscience before any tribunal, and no one is answerable for his religious opinions to any power on earth. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Love is the idler's occupation, the warrior's relaxation, and the sovereign's ruination. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Unity of command is essential to the economy of time. Warfare in the field was like a siege: by directing all one's force to a single point a breach might be made, and the equilibrium of opposition destroyed. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I have never loved anyone for love's sake except, perhaps, Josephine - a little. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If you know a country's geography, you can understand and predict its foreign policy. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Man will believe anything, as long as it's not in the bible. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The best way to keep one's word is not to give it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Man is entitled by birthright to a share of the earth's produce sufficient to fill the needs of his existence. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is not necessary to bury the truth. It is sufficient merely to delay it until nobody cares. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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God has given me the will and the force to overcome all obstacles. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is not set speeches at the moment of battle that render soldiers brave. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Democracy may become frenzied, but it has feelings and can be moved. As for aristocracy, it is always cold and never forgives. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When a man is a favorite of Fortune she never takes him unawares, and, however astonishing her favors may be, she finds him ready. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Nothing is more arrogant than the weakness which feels itself supported by power. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The nature of Christ's existence is mysterious, I admit; but this mystery meets the wants of man. Reject it, and the world is an inexplicable riddle; believe it, and the history of our race is satisfactorily explained. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I know he's a good general, but is he lucky? -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It's not the size of the army but the power within the army. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Impossible is the word found only in a fool's dictionary. Wise people create opportunities for themselves and make everything possible ... -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Timid and cowardly soldiers cause the loss of a nation's independence; but pusillanimous magistrates destroy the empire of the laws, the rights of the throne, and even social order itself. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There are in Europe many good generals, but they see too many things at once. I see one thing, namely the enemy's main body. I try to crush it, confident that secondary matters will then settle themselves. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You write to me that it's impossible. The word is not French. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The superior man is never in anyone's way. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Mankind's worst enemy is fear of work -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Even when I am gone, I shall remain in people's minds the star of their rights, my name will be the war cry of their efforts, the motto of their hopes. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I am a monarch of God's creation, and you reptiles of the earth dare not oppose me. I render an account of my government to none save God and Jesus Christ. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In a conquered country benevolence is not humanitarianism. It is a general political axiom that a conqueror must not inspire a good opinion of his benevolence until he has demonstrated that he can be severe with malefactors. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there is no longer any 'if' or 'but'. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If you build an army of 100 lions and their leader is a dog, in any fight, the lions will die like a dog. But if you build an army of 100 dogs and their leader is a lion, all dogs will fight as a lion -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A man is not dependent upon his fellow creature, when he does not fear death. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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War must be made as intense and awful as possible in order to make it short, and thus to diminish its horrors. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even to relinquish life, for the good of his country. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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While I live I will never resort to irredeemable paper. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Conquests will come and go but Delambre's work will endure. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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History is a myth that men agree to believe. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Obedience to public authority ought not to be based either on ignorance or stupidity. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Without cavalry, battles are without result. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men are led by trifles. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Everything is more or less organized matter. To think so is against religion, but I think so just the same. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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War is ninety percent information. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war, as in love, we must come into contact before we triumph. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Chess is too difficult to be a game and not serious enough to be a science or an art. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is not by whining that one carries out the job of king. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The great art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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That man made me miss my destiny. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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History paints the human heart. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A cowardly act! What do I care about that? You may be sure that I should never fear to commit one if it were to my advantage. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I may lose a battle but I will never lose a minute. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You cannot treat with all the world at once. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is an ambassador's duty to stand up for his nation's foreign policy in any era and under any government whatsoever. Ambassadors are, in the full meaning of the term, titled spies. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The policies of all powers are inherent in their geography. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The only true conquests-those that awaken no regrets- are those obtained over our ignorance. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men who have changed the world never achieved their success by winning the chief citizens to their side, but always by stirring the masses. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The army is the true nobility of our country. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The art of being sometimes audacious and sometimes very prudent is the secret of success. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is easy to know when a government wishes for peace by observing the character of the person sent to negotiate for it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I have fought sixty battles, and I have learnt nothing which I did not know at the beginning. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Destiny urges me to a goal of which I am ignorant. Until that goal is attained I am invulnerable, unassailable. When Destiny has accomplished her purpose in me, a fly may suffice to destroy me. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Rascality has limits; stupidity has not. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man towards the unseen that it become insensible to the barriers of time and space. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The art of land warfare is an art of genius, of inspiration. On the sea nothing is genius or inspiration; everything is positive or empiric. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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My decision to destroy the authority of the blacks in Saint Domingue (Haiti) is not so much based on considerations of commerce and money, as on the need to block for ever the march of the blacks in the world. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The purely defensive is doomed to defeat. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men of great ambition have sought happiness . . . and have found fame. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Ability is nothing without opportunity -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I want the whole of Europe to have one currency; it will make trading much easier. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The object of war is victory, the object of victory is conquest, and the object of conquest is occupation. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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One must learn to forgive and not to hold a hostile, bitter attitude of mind, which offends those about us and prevents us from enjoying ourselves. One must recognize human shortcomings and adjust himself to them rather than to be constantly finding fault with them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We should wash our dirty linen at home. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Good and decent people must be protected and persuaded by gentle means, but the rabble must be led by terror. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The worse the troops the greater the need of artillery. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is neither holy, Roman or an empire. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Keep a good table and attend to the ladies. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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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. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Policemen and prisons ought never to be the means used to bring men back to the practice of religion. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I would believe any religion that could prove it had existed since the beginning of the world. But when I see Socrates, Plato, Moses, and Mohammed I do not think there is such a one. All religions owe their origin to man. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war you see your own troubles; those of the enemy you cannot see. You must show confidence. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It strengthens the bonds between nations to have the same civil laws and the same monetary system. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Surely in a matter of this kind we should endeavor to do something, that we may say that we have not lived in vain, that we may leave some impress of ourselves on the sands of time. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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One can lead a nation only by helping it see a bright outlook. A leader is a dealer in hope. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A leader is a dealer in hope. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The best way to make every one poor is to insist on equality of wealth. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The amateurs discuss tactics: the professionals discuss logistics -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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War is cruel to the people, and terrible to the conquered. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Power is what they like - it is the greatest of all aphrodisiacs. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Europe thus divided into nationalities freely formed and free internally, peace between States would have become easier: the United States of Europe would become a possibility. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The most desirable quality in a soldier is constancy in the support of fatigue; valor is only secondary. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I hope before long to press you in my arms and shall shower on you a million burning kisses as under the Equator. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A beautiful woman like eyes, and a good heart; One is a beautiful thing, and other treasures. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Battles are lost or won in 15 minutes -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Oh Man, Man. How despicable in slavery, how great when fired with the love of freedom! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The people excited by ambitious demagogues, sooner or later return into the hands of the Aristocracy. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is exceptional and difficult to find in one man all the qualities necessary for a great general. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Impossible is in the dictionary of fools -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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My star was fading, I felt the reins slipping out of my grasp, and could do nothing to stop it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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From first to last, Jesus is the same; always the same
majestic and simple, infinitely severe and infinitely gentle. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Give me enough ribbons to place on the tunics of my soldiers and I can conquer the world. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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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. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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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. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Until you spread your wings, you'll have no idea how far you can fly. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The tools belong to the man who can use them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is a joy in danger. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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International incidents must not be allowed to shape foreign policy, foreign policy must shape the incidents. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We walk faster when we walk alone. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A people that is able to say everything, becomes able to do everything. The crowd which follows me with admiration, would run with the same eagerness were I marching to the Guillotine. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Speeches pass away, but acts remain. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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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 -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Terrorism, War & Bankruptcy are caused by the privatization of money, issued as a debt and compounded by interest. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Better live a King, than a Prince. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The life of a citizen is the property of his country. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I shall be an Attila to Venice. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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My downfall raises me to infinite heights. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A battle sometimes decides everything; and sometimes the most trifling thing decides the fate of a battle. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay hands on everything they can get. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Society cannot exist without inequality of fortunes and the inequality of fortunes could not subsist without religion. Whenever a half-starved person is near another who is glutted, it is impossible to reconcile the difference if there is not an authority who tells him to. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is a mistake, too, to say that the face is the mirror of the soul. The truth is, men are very hard to know, and yet, not to be deceived, we must judge them by their present actions, but for the present only. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In a great nation, the majority are incapable of judging wisely of things. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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If you want to get on in this world make many promises, but don't keep them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Posterity will talk of Washington as the founder of a great empire, when my name shall be lost in the vortex of revolution. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Do you know what astonished me the most in this world? The inability of force to create anything. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When you have resolved to fight a battle, collect your whole force. Dispense with nothing. A single battalion sometimes decides the day. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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You don't govern men who don't have religion, you shoot them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When your enemy is doing something wrong, do not interrupt him. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The purpose of religion is to keep the poor from killing the rich. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is no real force without justice. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Unite for the public safety, if you would remain an independent nation. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To imagine that it is possible to perform great military deeds without fighting is just empty dreams. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Nothing renders a nation so despicable as religious despotism. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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All great events hang by a single thread. The clever man takes advantage of everything, neglects nothing that may give him some added opportunity; the less clever man, by neglecting one thing, sometimes misses everything. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The keys of a fortress are always well worth the retirement of the garrison when it is resolved to yield only on those conditions. On this principle it is always wiser to grant an honorable capitulation to a garrison which has made a vigorous resistance than to risk an assault. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men are lead by trifles. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In order not to be astonished at obtaining victories, one ought not to think only of defeats. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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He, who practices right, but in the hope of acquiring great renown, is very near to vice. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In tragedy great men are more truly great than in history. We see them only in the crises which unfold them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I see only my objective - the obstacles must give way. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of a civilized, educated nation -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men, in general, are but great children. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The Concordat is not the victory of any one party but the consolidation of all. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Cossacks are the best light troops among all that exist. If I had them in my army, I would go through all the world with them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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This year has begun hopefully for right thinkers. After all these centuries of feudal barbarism and political slavery, it is surprising to see how the word of 'liberty' sets minds on fire. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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England is a nation of shopkeepers. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Better to have a known enemy than a forced ally. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die? -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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For the stability of the Government, the people should have a considerable voice in the elections. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Strong coffee, much strong coffee, is what awakens me. Coffee gives me warmth, waking, an unusual force and a pain that is not without very great pleasure. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Fools have a great advantage over the wise; they are always self-satisfied. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Napoleon Bonaparte -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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What I have done up to this is nothing. I am only at the beginning of the course I must run. Do you imagine that I triumph in Italy in order to aggrandise the pack of lawyers who form the Directory, and men like Carnot and Barras? What an idea! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When people cease to complain, they cease to think. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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He who is unmoved by tears has no heart. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To extraordinary circumstance we must apply extraordinary remedies. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Be successful! I judge men only by the results of their actions. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Only give them history books. Men should read nothing else. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The merit of Mahomet is that he founded a religion without an inferno. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The public spirit is in the hands of the man who knows how to make use of it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There are two levers for moving man
interest and fear. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is often in the audacity, in the steadfastness, of the general that the safety and the conservation of his men is found. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Morality for the upper classes, the gallows for the rabbles. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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History is the invention of historians. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The confidence with which a Sovereign is invested, is solid only when it is sanctioned by the suffrages of the people, who clothed him with the supreme magistracy. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Great men are meteors, consuming themselves to light the world -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Medicines are only fit for old people. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It must be recognized that the real truths of history are hard to discover. Happily, for the most part, they are rather matters of curiosity than of real importance. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is an approved maxim in war, never to do what the enemy wishes you to do, for this reason alone, that he desires it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and it is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours (A good sketch is better than a long speech) -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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But it is at home and not in public that one should wash ones dirty linen.
[Fr., Car c'est en famille, ce n'est pas en public, qu'un lave son linge sale.] -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The French complain of everything, and always. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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France has more need of me than I have need of France. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Act swiftly and vigorously,
without 'buts' and 'ifs' ... -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The sentiment of national honor is never more than half extinguished in the French. It takes only a spark to re-kindle it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Rigorous authority and justice are the kindness of kings. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Good intelligence is nine-tenths of any battle. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power. The unwise destroy themselves in resistance. The skillful accept events, take strong hold of them and direct them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A man becomes the creature of his uniform. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I may be accused or rashness, but not sluggishness. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The basic principle that we must follow in directing the armies of the Republic is this: that they must feed themselves on war at the expense of the enemy territory. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I have come to realise that men are not born to be free. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The heart may be broken, and the soul remain unshaken. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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From triumph to downfall is but a step. I have seen a trifle decide the most important issues in the gravest affairs. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Occupation is the scythe of time. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war there is but one favorable moment; the great art is to seize it! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is rare that a legislature reasons. It is too quickly impassioned. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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An army which cannot be reenforced is already defeated. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In the last analysis, one must be a military man in order to govern. It is only with boot and spurs that one can govern a horse. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Sirs, if it were not for that one red spot I would have conquered the world!!! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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All the women in the world would not make me lose an hour. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The division of labor, which has brought such perfection in mechanical industries, is altogether fatal when applied to productions of the mind. All work of the mind is superior in
proportion as the mind that produces it is universal. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men are ruled by toys. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Has a man the right to kill himself? Yes, if his death harms no one and if life is an evil to him. When is life an evil? When it offers a man nothing but suffering and pain. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Liberty and equality are magical words. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Remember, gentlemen, what a Roman emperor said: The corpse of an enemy always smells sweet. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Success is the most convincing talker in the world. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I start out by believing the worst -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In my youth I, too, entertained some illusions; but I soon recovered from them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The only victory over love is flight. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Tragedy warms the soul, elevates the heart, can and ought to create heroes. In this sense, perhaps, France owes a part of her great actions to Corneille. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The bayonet has always been the weapon of the brave and the chief tool of victory -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other. They are worse than ever when, at the termination of their punishment, they return to society. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war, as in prostitution, amateurs are often better than professionals. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Clever policy consists in making nations believe they are free. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war, character and opinion make more than half of the reality. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Victory belongs to the most persevering. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The art of choosing men is not nearly so difficult as the art of enabling those chosen to attain their full worth. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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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. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Gentlemen. If you're going to take Vienna, take it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I don't employ Talleyrand when I want a thing done, but only when I want to have the appearance of wanting to do it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A great European federative system alone can be favourable to the development of civilisation. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Many a one commits a reprehensible action, who is at bottom an honourable man, because man seldom acts upon natural impulse, but from some secret passion of the moment which lies hidden and concealed within the narrowest folds of his heart. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Generals are not to be too scrupulous. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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All becomes easy when we follow the current of opinion; it is the ruler of the world. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Every hour of lost time is a chance of future misfortune. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Man loves the marvelous. It has an irresistible charm for him. He is always ready to leave that with which he is familiar to pursue vain inventions. He lends himself to his own deception. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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So you think the police foresees and knows everything. The police invents more than it discovers. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Reconnaissance memoranda should always be written in the simplest style and be purely descriptive. They should never stray from their objective by introducing extraneous ideas. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Every man who is worth thirty millions and is not wedded to them, is dangerous to the government. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Brave deeds are the monuments of brave men. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Muhammad was a great man, an intrepid soldier; with a handful of men he triumphed at the battle of Bender (sic); a great captain, eloquent, a great man of state, he revived his fatherland and created a new people and a new power in the middle of Arabia. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Fanaticism must be put to sleep before it can be eradicated. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The great difficulty with politics is, that there are no established principles. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Unavailable wars are always just. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Character is victory organized. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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An Emperor confides in national soldiers, not in mercenaries. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Reprisals are but a sad resource. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Where flowers degenerate man cannot live. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The worse the man, the better the soldier. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Peoples of Egypt , you will be told that I have come to destroy your religion. Do not believe it! Reply that I have come to restore your rights! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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How many really capable men are children more than once during the day! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The more I study the world, the more I am convinced of the inability of brute force to create anything durable. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Public opinion is a mysterious and invisible power, to which everything must yield. There is nothing more fickle, more vague, or more powerful; yet capricious as it is, it is nevertheless much more often true, reasonable, and just, than we imagine. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The most constant, the most powerful, and the most generous of all my enemies. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The heart of a statesman should be in his head. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Human life is the only thing that takes care of itself. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Nothing is so contrary to military rules as to make the strength of your army known, either in the orders of the day, in proclamations, or in the newspapers. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory - but so are those of the ballet, or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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France always has plenty men of talent, but it is always deficient in men of action and high character. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate ... and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We are born, we live, we die among supernatural. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The true policy of government is to make use of aristocracy, but under the forms and in the spirit of democracy. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Fashion condemns us to many follies, the greatest is to make oneself its slave. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Each state claims the right to control interests foreign to itself when those interests are such that it can control them without putting its own interests in danger. other powers only
recognize this right of intervening in proportion as the country doing it has the power to do it. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is only with prudence, sagacity, and much dexterity that great aims are accomplished, and all obstacles surmounted. Otherwise nothing is accomplished. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The laws of circumstance are abolished by new circumstances. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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There is no Nation however small which had the right to set itself free, that has not rescued itself from the dishonour of obeying the Prince imposed by an enemy in the hour of victory. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares 'God wills it thus.' Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I feel myself driven towards an end that I do not know. As soon as I shall have reached it, as soon as I shall become unnecessary, an atom will suffice to shatter me. Till then, not all the forces of mankind can do anything against me. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity ... -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Why and how are words so important that they cannot be too often used. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We frustrate many designs against us by pretending not to see them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The admiral needs only one science, that of navigation. The general needs all the sciences. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A man made for public life and authority never takes account of personalities; he only takes account of things, of their weight and their conseqences. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Lies circle the earth while Truth is still trying to put on its shoes. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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My dominion ends where that of conscience begins. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The secret of war lies in the communications. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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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. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In our time no one has the conception of what is great. It is up to me to show them. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Since the discovery of printing, knowledge has been called to power, and power has been used to make knowledge a slave. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Do you know what is more hard to bear than the reverses of fortune? It is the baseness, the hideous ingratitude, of man. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The first quality of a soldier is constancy in enduring fatigue and hardship. Courage is only the second. Poverty privation and want are the school of the good soldier. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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All men of genius, and all those who have gained rank in the republic of letters, are brothers, whatever may be the land of their nativity. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I haven't known 6 days of happiness in my life. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A fool is only troublesome, a pedant insupportable. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I saw the crown of France laying on the ground, so I picked it up with my sword. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Prussia was hatched from a cannon-ball. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The reason I beat the Austrians is, they did not known the value of five minutes -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A true master of politics is able to calculate, down to the smallest fraction, the advantages to which he may put his very faults. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Jesus Chris was more than man. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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History is a set of lies agreed upon. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Whatever you ardently and passionately desire, that you obtain. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Being in the Tuileries is not everything: what matters is to stay here. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The surest way to remain poor is to be honest. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It follows that any commander in chief who undertakes to carry out a plan which he considers defective is at fault; he must put forth his reasons, insist on the plan being changed, and finally tender his resignation rather than be the instrument of h -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Put your iron hand in a velvet glove. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To a father who loves his children victor has no charms. When the heart speaks, glory itself is an illusion. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Give me a man with a good allowance of nose, ... when I want any good head-work done I choose a man
provided his education has been suitable
with a long nose. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I wish I could take a raincheck on June 18.1815 -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Europe is a molehill. All great empires and revolutions have been on the Orient; six hundred millions live there. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In politics, stupidity is not a handicap. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Wherever wood can swim, there I am sure to find this flag of England. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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No one but myself can be blamed for my fall. I have been my own greatest enemy-the cause of my own disastrous fate. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We may stop ourselves when going up, never when coming down. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A faithful friend is the true image of the Deity. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The first quality of the commander-in-chief is a cool head to receive a correct impression of things. He should not allow himself to be confused by either good or bad news. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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I am the signet which marks the page where the revolution has been stopped; but when I die it will turn the page and resume its course. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Until then, mio dolce amor, a thousand kisses; but give me none in return, for they set my blood on fire. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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We must serve the people worthily, and not occupy ourselves in trying to please them. The best way, to gain their affections is to do them good. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The World is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A man is known by his conduct to his wife, to his family, and to those under him. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The law, that is what makes men stay honest. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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To command, you must first of all speak to the eyes. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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War,
the trade of barbarians! -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A general-in-chief should ask himself several times in the day, What if the enemy were to appear now in my front, or on my right, or my left? -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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They wanted me to be a Washington. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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When defending itself against another country, a nation never lacks men, but too often, soldiers. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Well then, I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this very day millions will die for Him ... -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The friendship of a great man is a favor of the gods. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Age, habits of business and experience have modified many characters. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Providence is always on the side of the last reserve. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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In war as in love, to bring matters to a close, you must get close together. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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It is cowardice to commit suicide. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A society without religion is like a vessel without compass. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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An army must have but one line of operations. This must be maintained with care and abandoned only for major reasons. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Patriotism is a word which represents a noble idea. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Conquest has made me what I am, only conquest can maintain me. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Democracy, if it is reasonable, limits itself to giving everyone an equal opportunity to compete and to obtain. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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All Italians are plunderers. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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Friendship is but a name. I love no one. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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A general must be a charlatan. -- Napoleon Bonaparte
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War is the business of barbarians. -- Napoleon Bonaparte