Most popular Napoleon Quotes
Consider the two levers for moving men: interest and fear.
A true man hates no one.
Imagination rules the world.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
A general must be a charlatan.
An army marches on its stomach.
Occupation is the scythe of time.
War is the business of barbarians.
Circumstances! I make circumstances!
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
The only victory over love is flight.
Ability is nothing without opportunity.
Men, in general, are but great children.
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
Where flowers degenerate, man cannot live.
It is easier to deceive than to undeceive.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
Luck is always on the side of the last reserve.
Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.
My dominion ends where that of conscience begins.
The best way to keep your word is not to give it.
You can ask me for anything you like, except time.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
When the heart speaks, glory itself is an illusion.
You can do anything with a bayonet except sit on it.
A celebrated people lose dignity, upon a closer view.
A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
Our body is a watch, intended to go for a given time.
The moment of greatest peril is the moment of victory.
He who fears losing his reputation is sure to lose it.
There are two levers for moving men—interest and fear.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
It is the cause, and not the death that makes the martyr.
Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
A man will fight harder for his interests than his rights.
There are only two forces that unite men—fear and interest.
We may stop ourselves when going up, never when going down.
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
Put a rogue in the limelight and he will act like an honest man.
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.
Ten men who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
To extraordinary circumstance we must apply extraordinary remedies.
Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.
Nations, like men, have their various ages—infancy, maturity, old age.
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
Great men are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
The great art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.
Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.
Improve your opportunities, every hour lost now is a chance of future misfortune.
Do not fight too often with your enemy or you will teach him all your art of war.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything and deliver nothing.
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before one single word — faith.
One hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
I have made noise enough in the world already, perhaps too much, and am now getting old, and want retirement.
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
There are only two powers in the world, the sword and the pen; and in the end the former is always conquered by the latter.
All great events hang by a hair. The man of ability takes advantage of everything and neglects nothing that can give him a chance of success.
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.
Music, of all the liberal arts has the greatest influence over the passions, and is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement.
There is nothing more fickle, more vague, or more powerful; yet capricious as it is, it is nevertheless much more often true, reasonable, and just, than we imagine.
What, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck; I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such nonsense.
Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.