Napoleon Quotes

Most popular Napoleon Quotes

Consider the two levers for moving men: interest and fear.
— Napoleon

human nature persuasion

A true man hates no one.
— Napoleon
Imagination rules the world.
— Napoleon

imagination

A leader is a dealer in hope.

hope leadership

A general must be a charlatan.
An army marches on its stomach.
— Napoleon

food

Occupation is the scythe of time.
— Napoleon
War is the business of barbarians.
— Napoleon

war

Circumstances! I make circumstances!
— Napoleon
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
— Napoleon

history

The only victory over love is flight.
— Napoleon

victory

Ability is nothing without opportunity.
— Napoleon
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
— Napoleon
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
— Napoleon

politics

Men, in general, are but great children.
— Napoleon
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
— Napoleon
Where flowers degenerate, man cannot live.
— Napoleon

flowers

It is easier to deceive than to undeceive.

deceit

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
— Napoleon

fame glory

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
— Napoleon
Luck is always on the side of the last reserve.
— Napoleon
Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.
— Napoleon
The best way to keep your word is not to give it.
— Napoleon
My dominion ends where that of conscience begins.
— Napoleon
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
— Napoleon
You can ask me for anything you like, except time.
— Napoleon
When the heart speaks, glory itself is an illusion.
— Napoleon
You can do anything with a bayonet except sit on it.
— Napoleon

creativity

A celebrated people lose dignity, upon a closer view.
— Napoleon
Our body is a watch, intended to go for a given time.
— Napoleon
A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.

revolution

He who fears losing his reputation is sure to lose it.
— Napoleon
The moment of greatest peril is the moment of victory.

victory

There are two levers for moving men—interest and fear.

fear leverage self-interest

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
— Napoleon
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.

courage

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

martyr

A man will fight harder for his interests than his rights.
— Napoleon

human nature rights self-interest

Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
— Napoleon
We may stop ourselves when going up, never when going down.
— Napoleon

success

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

motivation

One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
— Napoleon

parenting power

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
— Napoleon

status war

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
— Napoleon
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
— Napoleon
Put a rogue in the limelight and he will act like an honest man.
— Napoleon

honesty

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

attitude impossible

Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.
— Napoleon
Ten men who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
— Napoleon
To extraordinary circumstance we must apply extraordinary remedies.
— Napoleon

crisis

Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted.
— Napoleon

greatness

Nations, like men, have their various ages—infancy, maturity, old age.

country

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

the public

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
— Napoleon

journalism

Great men are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
— Napoleon
Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.

courage

The great art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.
— Napoleon

government

Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.
— Napoleon

order

Improve your opportunities, every hour lost now is a chance of future misfortune.
— Napoleon
Do not fight too often with your enemy or you will teach him all your art of war.
— Napoleon

conflict

If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything and deliver nothing.
— Napoleon
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
— Napoleon
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

decision-making freedom

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
— Napoleon

peace

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.
— Napoleon
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
— Napoleon

military

All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before one single word — faith.
— Napoleon
One hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined.
— Napoleon
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
— Napoleon

power

When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.

mediocrity

I have made noise enough in the world already, perhaps too much, and am now getting old, and want retirement.
— Napoleon

retirement

There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.

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.
— Napoleon
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.
— Napoleon

ability

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.
— Napoleon

power

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.
— Napoleon
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.
— Napoleon

truth

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.
— Napoleon

vision