Napoleon Bonaparte’s Quotes

A leader is a dealer in hope.

 A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

 Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

 In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.

 Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

The army is the true nobility of our country.

It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.

 History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

 Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

 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.

 In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

 Victory belongs to the most persevering.

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.

 The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.

 If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

 The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.

 Ability is nothing without opportunity.

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

 Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

 From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

 The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.

 The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.

 There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.

 If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.

 There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest.

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.

Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.

 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.

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

 There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

 A true man hates no one.

 He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.

 I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.

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.

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.

 I made all my generals out of mud.

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