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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. (Later he crowned himself Emperor.) He led his armies to victory after victory, and by 1807 he ruled territory that stretched from Portugal to Italy and north to the river Elbe. But his attempts to conquer the rest of Europe failed; a defeat in Moscow in 1812 nearly destroyed his empire, and his 1815 loss to the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo finished the job. He was sent into exile on the island of St. Helena, where he died in 1821. more

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The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
I made all my generals out of mud.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
I have only one counsel for you -- be master.
There are no bad regiments; there are only bad colonels.
True wisdom for a general is vigorous determination.
There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.
Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
Medicines are only fit for old people.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement.
Occupation is the scythe of time.
Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.
Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything.
The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.
In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
When I want any, good head work done; I always choose a man, if possible with a long nose.
A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.
With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.
A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.
Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack.
The human race is governed by its imagination.
Public instruction should be the first object of government.
Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.
The art of government is not to let me grow stale.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
A Constitution should be short and obscure.
The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.
Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
Chance is the providence of adventurers.
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.
The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.
It is not enough to give orders they must be obeyed.
I may be accused or rashness, but not sluggishness.

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