Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.

Napoleon Bonaparte

It is easy to know when a government wishes for peace by observing the character of the person sent to negotiate for it.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Napoleon Bonaparte

Among so many conflicting ideas and so many different perspectives, the honest man is confused and distressed and the skeptic becomes wicked ... Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates, loots, and burns. Considering the alternative, it is better to eat than to be eaten.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze.

Napoleon Bonaparte

My waking thoughts are all of thee. Your portrait and the remembrance of last night's delirium have robbed my senses of repose. Sweet and incomparable Josephine, what an extraordinary influence you have over my heart. Are you vexed? Do I see you sad? Are you ill at ease? My soul is broken with grief, and there is no rest for your lover.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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I am the instrument of providence, she will use me as long as I accomplish her designs, then she will break me like a glass.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Napoleon Bonaparte

Nothing is so contrary to military rules as to make the strength of your army known, either in the orders of the day, in proclamations, or in the newspapers.

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

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Changing from the defensive to the offensive, is one of the most delicate operations in war.

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Man loves the marvelous. It has an irresistible charm for him. He is always ready to leave that with which he is familiar to pursue vain inventions. He lends himself to his own deception.

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You cannot drag a man's conscience before any tribunal, and no one is answerable for his religious opinions to any power on earth.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.

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Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.

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