Quotes by Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon is the French leader famed for his military successes and for not quite conquering Europe. Starting as a second lieutenant in the French artillery, he rose quickly through the ranks until he became First Consul of France. ... more

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It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

Ability is of little account without opportunity.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
My downfall raises me to infinite heights.
Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
The only victory over love is flight.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
There are only two forces that unite men -- fear and interest.
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
A true man hates no one.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.
A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.
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.
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
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.
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there is no longer any 'if' or 'but'.
I base my calculations on the expectation that luck will be against me
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood.
When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
Imagination rules the world.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.
Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
An army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions.
Vengeance has no foresight.
There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear.
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.
Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war.
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.
The French complain of everything, and always.
If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
Let the path be open to talent.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
The most dangerous moment comes with victory.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.
Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
Who saves his country violates no law.
In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.