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 Napoleon Quotes 

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Never interrupt interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able able to decide.

Conquests Conquests will come and go but Delambre's work will endure. endure.

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

Never ascribe ascribe to malice malice that which can adequately adequately be explained by incompetence.

The only victories which leave no regret regret are those which are gained over ignorance.

This soldier, I realized, realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; regiment; yet he lay there deserted deserted by all except except his dog. I looked on looked on unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, stirred, profoundly profoundly stirred, stirred, stirred stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief grief of one dog

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

Circumstances Circumstances what are circumstances? circumstances? I make circumstances circumstances

Glory Glory is fleeting, fleeting, but obscurity obscurity is forever. forever.

Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment. nourishment.

If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard disregard all hostility for them.

From the sublime sublime to the ridiculous ridiculous there is but one step

Great ambition ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed endowed with it may perform very good or bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.

It's the unconquerable unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures ensures victory

What is history but a fable fable agreed upon?

To write history one must be more than a man, since the author who holds the pen of this great justiciary must be free from all preoccupation preoccupation of interest or vanity. vanity.

The love of glory glory is like the bridge that Satan built across Chaos Chaos to pass from Hell to Paradise: Paradise: glory glory links the past with the future across a bottomless abyss. abyss. Nothing to my son, except except my name!

Courage cannot be counterfeited. counterfeited. It is one virtue virtue that escapes hypocrisy. hypocrisy.

From triumph triumph to downfall there is but one step. I have noted that, in the most momentous momentous occasions, mere mere nothings have always decided the outcome of the greatest events.

I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay hands on hands on everything they can get.

When you have an enemy in your power, deprive deprive him of the means means of ever injuring you.

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

Variety made the Revolution. Revolution. Liberty Liberty was just a pretext.

If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory glory would become the prey of mediocre mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.

Among so many conflicting conflicting ideas and so many different perspectives, the honest man is confused and distressed distressed and the skeptic skeptic becomes wicked wicked ... Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates, devastates, loots, and burns. Considering Considering the alternative, alternative, it is better to eat than to be eaten.

One must indeed 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 according to routine. Ability Ability takes its flight unhindered.

A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence sequence of shared experiences, efforts, efforts, and endeavors can never take root.

Never depend on the multitude, multitude, full of instability and whims; whims; always take precautions precautions against it.

In politics nothing is immutable. immutable. Events carry within them an invincible invincible power. The unwise destroy themselves in resistance. The skillful accept events, take strong hold of them and direct them.

Lead the ideas of your time and they will accompany accompany and support you; fall behind fall behind them and they drag drag you along with them; oppose them and they will overwhelm overwhelm you.

It is only by prudence, prudence, wisdom, and dexterity, dexterity, that great ends are attained and obstacles obstacles overcome. overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds.

One is more certain certain to influence men, to produce more effect effect on them, by absurdities than by sensible sensible ideas.

A general must be a charlatan. charlatan.

At the beginning of a campaign it is important to consider consider whether or not to move forward; but when one has taken the offensive offensive it is necessary necessary to maintain it to the last extremity. However skilfully effected effected a retreat retreat may be, it always lessens the morale of an army, since in losing the chances of success, they are remitted to the enemy. A retreat, retreat, moreover, moreover, costs much more in men and materials than the bloodiest engagements, engagements, with this difference, also, that in a battle the enemy loses practically as much as you do while in do while in a retreat retreat you lose and he does not.

What are the conditions that make for make for the superiority of an army? Its internal 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 contained in the idea of moral means. means.

There are in the world, two powers. The sword and the spirit. The spirit has always vanquished vanquished the sword.

What is a throne? a bit of wood gilded gilded and covered in velvet. I am the state I alone am here the representative representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached reproached me in public people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France.

More glorious glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess possess one.

Audacity Audacity succeeds as often often as it fails; in life it has an even chance.

From triumph triumph to downfall is but a step. I have seen a trifle trifle decide the most important issues in the gravest gravest affairs.

Men have their virtues virtues and their vices, vices, their heroisms and their perversities; men are neither wholly good nor wholly bad, but possess possess and practice all that there is of good and bad here below. Such is the general rule. Temperament, education, the accidents accidents of life, are modifying modifying factors. Outside of this, everything is ordered arrangement, arrangement, everything is chance. Such has been my rule of expectation and it has usually usually brought me success.

The great mass of society are far from being depraved; depraved; for if a large majority were criminal or inclined to inclined to break the laws, where would the force or power be to prevent prevent or constrain constrain them? And herein is the real blessing of civilization, because this happy result has its origin in her bosom, bosom, growing out of growing out of her very nature.

War is becoming an anachronism; anachronism; if we have battled in every part of the continent it was because two opposing social orders were facing each other, the one which dates from dates from 1789, and the old regime. regime. They could not exist exist together; the younger devoured devoured the other. I know very well very well that, in the final reckoning, it was war that overthrew me, me the representative representative of the French Revolution, Revolution, and the instrument of its principles. But no matter! The battle was lost for civilization, and civilization will inevitably inevitably take its revenge. revenge. There are two systems, the past and the future. The present is only a painful transition. Which must triumph? triumph? The future, will it not? Yes indeed, indeed, the future! That is, intelligence, industry, and peace. The past was brute force, privilege, privilege, and ignorance. Each of our victories was a triumph triumph for the ideas of the Revolution. Revolution. Victories will be won, one of these days, without cannon, cannon, and without bayonets.

It is not that addresses addresses at the opening of a battle make the soldiers brave. The old veterans veterans scarcely scarcely hear them, and recruits forget them at the first boom of the cannon. cannon. Their usefulness lies in their effect effect on the course of the campaign, in neutralizing rumors rumors and false reports, in maintaining a good spirit in the camp, and in furnishing furnishing matter for camp fire talk. The printed order of the day should fulfill these different ends.

It is only with prudence, prudence, sagacity, and much dexterity dexterity that great aims are accomplished, accomplished, and all obstacles obstacles surmounted. surmounted. Otherwise nothing is accomplished. accomplished.

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