Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

- Notable Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes Index -

Born: August 15, 1769, Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Birth Country: France
Died: Longwood, Saint Helena Island, May 5, 1821
Occupation: Military commander

1.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

2.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

3.
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

4.
All religions have been made by men.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

5.
Courage is like love it must have hope for nourishment.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

6.
Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

7.
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

8.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

9.
Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

10.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

11.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

12.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

13.
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

14.
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

15.
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

16.
If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

17.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

18.
Imagination rules the world.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

19.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

20.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

21.
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

22.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

23.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

24.
Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

25.
Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

26.
Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

27.
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

28.
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

29.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

30.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

31.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

32.
Respect the burden.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

33.
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

34.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

35.
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

36.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

37.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue courage is only the second virtue.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

38.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

39.
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

40.
The human race is governed by its imagination.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

41.
The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

42.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

43.
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

44.
There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

45.
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

46.
To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

47.
War is the business of barbarians.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

48.
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
- Napoleon Bonaparte

49.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

50.
Women are nothing but machines for producing children.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

51.
You must not fear death, my lads defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

52.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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