68 Most Famous Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

68 Most Famous Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

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Napoleon Bonaparte was a military and political leader from France in the early 1800′s. He reigned over France and went on a rampage across Europe. The battles and wars that he headed are known today as the Napoleonic Wars. He won many of the battled and took control of the majority of Europe. He was finally defeated in 1815 at the battle of Waterloo. He died on May 5, 1821 at the age of 51.

“A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.”

“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.”

“A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated.”

“A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.”

“A leader is a dealer in hope.”

“A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.”

“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; whilst the less able man sometimes loses
everything by neglecting a single one of those chances.”

“Conquests will come and go but Delambre’s work will endure.”

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

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”

“Each state claims the right to control interests foreign to itself when those interests are such that it can control them without putting its own interests in danger. … other powers only
recognize this right of intervening in proportion as the country doing it has the power to do it.”

“Give Me a Turkish Army. I will Conquer world.”

“God placed me on the throne, and you reptiles of the earth dare oppose me. I owe no account of my administration to the pope,— only to God and Jesus Christ.”

“Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting.”

“He who cannot look over a battlefield with a dry eye, causes the death of many men uselessly.”

“He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.”

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”

“I generally had to give in.”

“I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them.”

“If I had not been defeated in Acre against Jezzar Pasha of Turk. I would conquer all of the East”

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

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

“Imagination governs the world.”

“Imagination rules the world.”

“Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.”

“In a battle, as in a siege, the art consists in concentrating very heavy fire on a particular point. The line of battle once established, the one who has the ability to concentrate an
unlooked for mass of artillery suddenly and unexpectedly on one of these points is sure to carry the day.”

“In order not to be astonished at obtaining victories, one ought not to think only of defeats.”

“In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power.”

“In war, character and opinion make more than half of the reality.”

“In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.”

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

“Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied.”

“Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”

“Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.”

“Morality has nothing to do with such a man as I am.”

“One can lead a nation only by helping it see a bright outlook. A leader is a dealer in hope.”

“One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.”

“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.”

“Our credulity is a part of the imperfection of our natures. It is inherent in us to desire to generalize, when we ought, on the contrary, to guard ourselves very carefully from this

“Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined.”

“Parties weaken themselves by their fear of capable men.”

“Policemen and prisons ought never to be the means used to bring men back to the practice of religion.”

“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

“Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

“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?”

“Success is the most convincing talker in the world.”

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

“The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by
putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know.”

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

“The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.”

“The division of labor, which has brought such perfection in mechanical industries, is altogether fatal when applied to productions of the mind. All work of the mind is superior in
proportion as the mind that produces it is universal.”

“The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself.”

“The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.”

“The laws of circumstance are abolished by new circumstances.”

“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.”

“The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests.”

“The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.”

“The sentiment of national honor is never more than half extinguished in the French. It takes only a spark to re-kindle it.”

“The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.”

“The word impossible is not French.”

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

“There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.”

“There is only one favorable moment in war; talent consists in knowing how to seize it.”

“We are born, we live, and we die in the midst of the marvelous.”

“We frustrate many designs against us by pretending not to see them.”

“What I have done up to this is nothing. I am only at the beginning of the course I must run.”

“Women are nothing but machines for producing children.”

“You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy’s ranks.”