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Napoleon Quote: “There is no place in a fanatic’s head where reason can enter.”
Napoleon Quote: “I am conquered less by fortune than by the egotism and ingratitude of my companions in arms.”
Napoleon Quote: “What my enemies call a general peace is my destruction. What I call peace is merely the disarmament of my enemies. Am I not more moderate than they?”
Napoleon Quote: “The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile.”
Napoleon Quote: “I believe love to be hurtful to society, and to the individual happiness of men. I believe, in short, that love does more harm than good.”
Napoleon Quote: “All the women in the world would not make me lose an hour.”
Napoleon Quote: “How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares ‘God wills it thus.’ Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.”
Napoleon Quote: “When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.”
Napoleon Quote: “When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.”
Napoleon Quote: “It would be a joke if the conduct of the victor had to be justified to the vanquished.”
Napoleon Quote: “An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.”
Napoleon Quote: “A Constitution should be short and obscure.”
Napoleon Quote: “In war, as in love, we must come into contact before we triumph.”
Napoleon Quote: “There are two kinds of fidelity, that of dogs and that of cats; you, gentleman, have the fidelity of cats who never leave the house.”
Napoleon Quote: “More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one.”
Napoleon Quote: “A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.”
Napoleon Quote: “For the stability of the Government, the people should have a considerable voice in the elections.”
Napoleon Quote: “Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.”
Napoleon Quote: “War is cruel to the people, and terrible to the conquered.”
Napoleon Quote: “The bayonet has always been the weapon of the brave and the chief tool of victory.”
Napoleon Quote: “Democracy, if it is reasonable, limits itself to giving everyone an equal opportunity to compete and to obtain.”
Napoleon Quote: “Collective crimes incriminate no one.”
Napoleon Quote: “Nothing is more arrogant than the weakness which feels itself supported by power.”
Napoleon Quote: “In a great nation, the majority are incapable of judging wisely of things.”
Napoleon Quote: “If fifty thousand men were to die for the good of the State, I certainly would weep for them, but political necessity comes before everything else.”
Napoleon Quote: “It is often in the audacity, in the steadfastness, of the general that the safety and the conservation of his men is found.”
Napoleon Quote: “Charges of cavalry are equally useful at the beginning, the middle and the end of a battle. They should be made always, if possible, on the flanks of the infantry, especially when the latter is engaged in front.”
Napoleon Quote: “The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.”
Napoleon Quote: “Never lose sight of this maxim, that you should establish your cantonments at the most distant and best protected point from the enemy, especially where a surprise is possible. By this means you will have time to unite all your forces before he can attack you.”
Napoleon Quote: “An Emperor confides in national soldiers, not in mercenaries.”
Napoleon Quote: “In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power. The unwise destroy themselves in resistance. The skillful accept events, take strong hold of them and direct them.”
Napoleon Quote: “Treaties are observed as long as they are in harmony with interests.”
Napoleon Quote: “It is an ambassador’s duty to stand up for his nation’s foreign policy in any era and under any government whatsoever. Ambassadors are, in the full meaning of the term, titled spies.”
Napoleon Quote: “In these days the invention of printing, and the diffusion of knowledge, render historical calumnies a little less dangerous: truth will always prevail in the long run, but how slow its progress!”
Napoleon Quote: “All generals, officers, and soldiers who capitulate in battle to save their own lives should be decimated.”
Napoleon Quote: “In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.”
Napoleon Quote: “The fate of a battle is the result of a moment, of a thought: the hostile forces advance with various combinations, they attack each other and fight for a certain time; the critical moment arrives, a mental flash decides, and the least reserve accomplishes the object.”
Napoleon Quote: “Against attempts on my life, I trust in my luck, my good genius, and my guards.”
Napoleon Quote: “International incidents must not be allowed to shape foreign policy, foreign policy must shape the incidents.”
Napoleon Quote: “In war, as in politics, no evil – even if it is permissible under the rules – is excusable unless it is absolutely necessary. Everything beyond that is a crime.”
Napoleon Quote: “Character is victory organized.”
Napoleon Quote: “In a conquered country benevolence is not humanitarianism. It is a general political axiom that a conqueror must not inspire a good opinion of his benevolence until he has demonstrated that he can be severe with malefactors.”
Napoleon Quote: “What is a throne? – a bit of wood gilded and covered in velvet. I am the state- I alone am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached me in public – people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France.”
Napoleon Quote: “Men grow old quickly on the battlefield.”
Napoleon Quote: “Democracy may become frenzied, but it has feelings and can be moved. As for aristocracy, it is always cold and never forgives.”
Napoleon Quote: “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.”
Napoleon Quote: “History paints the human heart.”
Napoleon Quote: “Rashness succeeds often, still more often fails.”
Napoleon Quote: “He who cannot look over a battlefield with a dry eye, causes the death of many men uselessly.”
Napoleon Quote: “A faithful friend is the true image of the Deity.”
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