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Soldiers win the battles and generals get the credit.

England is a nation of shopkeepers.

Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.

What a beautiful fix we are in now; peace has been declared.
(after the 1802 Treaty of Amiens)

From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.

History is a set of lies agreed upon.

You may ask me for anything you like except time.

Circumstances - what are circumstances? I make circumstances.

If you want to lead the people, you must first speak to their eyes.

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

Ability is nothing without opportunity.

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.

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.

Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.

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.

The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.

The revolution is over. I am the revolution.

A throne is only a bench covered in velvet.

Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.

What is history but a fable agreed upon?

An army marches on its stomach.

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

In politics an absurdity is not a handicap.

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

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