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Napoleon Bonaparte – 52 Quotes

 

52 Quotes by Napoleon Bonaparte

 

A picture is worth a thousand words.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


War is the business of barbarians.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Courage is like love it must have hope for nourishment.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


History is a set of lies agreed upon.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


What is history but a fable agreed upon?

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


A leader is a dealer in hope.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Imagination rules the world.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


The human race is governed by its imagination.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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 Bonaparte


Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


All religions have been made by men.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Men take only their needs into consideration – never their abilities.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Respect the burden.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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

– Napoleon Bonaparte


The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Women are nothing but machines for producing children.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


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