In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.
A true man hates no one.
It is easy to know when a government wishes for peace by observing the character of the person sent to negotiate for it.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest
There are two levers for moving men: interest and fear.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.
Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
Ability is of little account without opportunity.
In war, three quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter.