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Napoleon I of France

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 I of France you
My wakingare all of thee. Your portrait and the remembrance of last night's delirium have robbed my senses of repose. Sweet and incomparable Josephine, what an extraordinary influence you have over my heart. Are you vexed? Do I see you sad? Are you ill at ease? My soul is broken with grief, and there is no rest for your lover.
Napoleon I of France love
events hang by a hair. The man oftakes advantage of everything and neglects nothing that can give him aof ; whilst the less able man sometimes loses everything by neglecting a single one of those chances.
Napoleon I of France time
From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
Napoleon I of France
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 likeand ? What an idea!
Napoleon I of France men
I hope theis not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of thewhich alone are true and which alone can lead men to .
Napoleon I of France hope
The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having importantto reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to , produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into theirand what they think the interrogator wishes to know.
Napoleon I of France men
A form ofthat is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root.
Napoleon I of France experience
From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.
Napoleon I of France
Le mot impossible n'est pas fran
Napoleon I of France possible
If theofwere nothing but the art of avoiding risks,would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations;will do the rest.
Napoleon I of France art
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 I of France people
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 I of France hope
The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.
Napoleon I of France will
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 I of France life
Unite for the public safety, if you would remain an independent nation.
Napoleon I of France you
Wherever wood can swim, there I am sure to find this flag of England.
Napoleon I of France
Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time.
Napoleon I of France time
I generally had to give in.
Napoleon I of France
I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them. It did me little good to be holding the helm; no matter how strong my hands, the sudden and numerous waves were stronger still, and I was wise enough to yield to them rather than resist them obstinately and make the ship founder. Thus I never was truly my own master but was always ruled by circumstances.
Napoleon I of France man
What then is, generally speaking, the [[truth of ? A fable agreed upon.
Napoleon I of France truth
Women are nothing but machines for producing children.
Napoleon I of France children
My maxim was, la carri
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are all founded on— on things we cannot understand, such as the .calls himself the Son of , and yet is descended from . I prefer the religion of— it is less ridiculous than ours.
Napoleon I of France religion
The Mohammedan religion is the finest of all
Napoleon I of France religion
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 I of France people
Muhammad was a prince; he rallied his compatriots around him. In a few years, the Muslims conquered half of the world. They plucked more souls from false gods, knocked down more idols, razed more pagan temples in fifteen years than the followers of Moses and Jesus did in fifteen centuries. Muhammad was a great man. He would indeed have been a god, if the revolution that he had performed had not been prepared by the circumstances.
Napoleon I of France god
Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined.
Napoleon I of France life
I see that everybody has lost their head since the infamous capitulation of Bail
Napoleon I of France sin
Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze.
Napoleon I of France men
Among so many conflicting ideas and so many different perspectives, the honest man is confused and distressed and the skeptic becomes wicked ... Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates, loots, and burns. Considering the alternative, it is better to eat than to be eaten.
Napoleon I of France man
Depuis le premier jour jusqu'au dernier, il est le m
Napoleon I of France
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 I of France fear
More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one.
Napoleon I of France
was published in 10 volumes (1829-1831) bywho from 1797 to 1802 had been a private secretary to Napoleon.
Napoleon I of France secret
Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.
Napoleon I of France mortality
Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied.
Napoleon I of France kiss
Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.
Napoleon I of France men
Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others.
Napoleon I of France free
collected and published by Cte. A. G. de Liancourt; edited by James Alexander Manning; this work is also sometimes referred to as Maxims of Napoleon
Napoleon I of France time
When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.
Napoleon I of France power
He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
Napoleon I of France fear
The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.
Napoleon I of France man
What is the ? , unless supported by .
Napoleon I of France
A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.
Napoleon I of France men
The people must not be counted upon; they cry indifferently : "Long live the King!" and "Long live the Conspirators!" a proper direction must be given to them, and proper instruments employed to effect it.
Napoleon I of France people
Hereditary succession to the magistracy is absurd, as it tends to make a property of it; it is incompatible with the sovereignty of the people.
Napoleon I of France success
Orders and decorations are necessary in order to dazzle the people.
Napoleon I of France people
is founded upon opinion.
Napoleon I of France opinion
Sometimes a great example is necessary to all the public functionaries of the state.
Napoleon I of France time
A Government protected by foreigners will never be accepted by a free people.
Napoleon I of France people
A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated.
Napoleon I of France people
A great reserve and severity of manners are necessary for the command of those who are older than ourselves.
Napoleon I of France man
A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.
Napoleon I of France time
A King should sacrifice the best affections of his heart for the good of his country; no sacrifice should be above his determination.
Napoleon I of France art
Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting.
Napoleon I of France greatness
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 I of France art
The life of a citizen is the property of his country.
Napoleon I of France life
You cannot treat with all the world at once.
Napoleon I of France world
Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916) edited by Jules Bertaut, as translated by Herbert Edward Law and Charles Lincoln Rhodes
Napoleon I of France war
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 I of France purpose
Ch. I : On Success
Napoleon I of France success
There are only two forces that unite men — fear and interest. All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment.
Napoleon I of France fear
Audacity succeeds as often as it fails; in life it has an even chance.
Napoleon I of France life
The superior man is never in anyone's way.
Napoleon I of France man
There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.
Napoleon I of France man
Success is the most convincing talker in the world.
Napoleon I of France world
As a rule it is circumstances that make men.
Napoleon I of France men
Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.
Napoleon I of France success
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 I of France light
Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it.
Napoleon I of France end
From triumph to downfall is but a step. I have seen a trifle decide the most important issues in the gravest affairs.
Napoleon I of France fall
It is only by prudence, wisdom, and dexterity, that great ends are attained and obstacles overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds.
Napoleon I of France wisdom
The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences.
Napoleon I of France man
A congress of the powers is deceit agreed on between diplomats — it is the pen ofcombined with the scimitar of .
Napoleon I of France power
Necessity dominates inclination, will, and right.
Napoleon I of France will
Ch. II : Psychology and Morals
Napoleon I of France psychology
Men have their virtues and their vices, their heroisms and their perversities; men are neither wholly good nor wholly bad, but possess and practice all that there is of good and bad here below. Such is the general rule. Temperament, education, the accidents of life, are modifying factors. Outside of this, everything is ordered arrangement, everything is chance. Such has been my rule of expectation and it has usually brought me success.
Napoleon I of France life
Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species.
Napoleon I of France hate
The great mass of society are far from being depraved; for if a large majority were criminal or inclined to break the laws, where would the force or power be to prevent or constrain them? And herein is the real blessing of civilization, because this happy result has its origin in her bosom, growing out of her very nature.
Napoleon I of France nature
Imagination governs the world.
Napoleon I of France world
What are we? What is the future? What is the past? What magic fluid envelops us and hides from us the things it is most important for us to know? We are born, we live, and we die in the midst of the marvelous.
Napoleon I of France future
To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, would be to be a god.
Napoleon I of France god
Man achieves in life only by commanding the capabilities nature has given him, or by creating them within himself by education and by knowing how to profit by the difficulties encountered.
Napoleon I of France life
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 I of France truth
One is more certain to influence men, to produce more effect on them, by absurdities than by sensible ideas.
Napoleon I of France men
It is not true that men never change; they change for the worse, as well as for the better. It is not true they are ungrateful; more often the benefactor rates his favors higher than their worth; and often too he does not allow for circumstances. If few men have the moral force to resist impulses, most men do carry within themselves the germs of virtues as well as of vices, of heroism as well as of cowardice. Such is human nature — education and circumstances do the rest.
Napoleon I of France education
Ordinarily men exercise their memory much more than their judgment.
Napoleon I of France men
There is nothing so imperious as feebleness which feels itself supported by force.
Napoleon I of France self
True character stands the test of emergencies. Do not be mistaken, it is weakness from which the awakening is rude.
Napoleon I of France character
How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.
Napoleon I of France men
The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself.
Napoleon I of France self
Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.
Napoleon I of France future
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 I of France joy
It is not necessary to prohibit or encourage oddities of conduct which are not harmful.
Napoleon I of France courage
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
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Ch. III : Love and Marriage
Napoleon I of France age
In love the only safety is in flight.
Napoleon I of France love
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 I of France love
Ch. IV : Things Political
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