France will always be a great nation.
The sentiment of national honor is never more than half extinguished in the French. It takes only a spark to re-kindle it.
In France, only the impossible is admired.
My most splendid campaign was that of March 20; not a single shot was fired.
In war, luck is half in everything.
In order not to be astonished at obtaining victories, one ought not to think only of defeats.
To plan to reserve cavalry for the finish of the battle, is to have no conception of the power of combined infantry and cavalry charges, either for attack or for defense.
A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.
In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.
In war, character and opinion make more than half of the reality.
In war one must lean on an obstacle in order to overcome it.
The superior man is never in anyone's way.
Audacity succeeds as often as it fails; in life it has an even chance.
There are only two forces that unite men fear and interest. All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment.
You cannot treat with all the world at once.