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Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

French emperor

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, Havelock Ellis' The Dance of Life

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.


It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud, 1815-1818: Being a Diary Written at St. Helena During a Part of Napoleon's Captivity

All celebrated people lose dignity upon close inspection.


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, attributed, Napoleon Bonaparte in Russia

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

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Napoleon in His Own Words

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?

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, letter to his uncle, June 1791

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Excellent Quotations for Home and School

A leader is a dealer in hope.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, And I Quote

If I had to have a religion, I should adore the sun, for it is the sun that fertilizes everything.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, conversation related by Las Cases, The Mind of Napoleon: A Selection from His Written and Spoken Words

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

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts

We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, The Table Talk and Opinions of Napoleon Bonaparte

Necessity dominates inclination, will, and right.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Napoleon: In His Own Words

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

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical

All systems of morality are fine. The gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality, divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few common-place sentences put into bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers

The most dangerous moment comes with victory.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Your Mind Power Unleashed

Independence, like honor, is a rocky island without a beach.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, Day's Collacon


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