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'I will tell you the mistake you are always making,' Napoleon said, addressing an opponent he had defeated. 'You draw up your plans the day before battle, when you do not yet know your adversary's movements.'

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force! But Jesus Christ founded His upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.

Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.

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

A Constitution should be short and obscure.

The only victory over love is flight.

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

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

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.

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

I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.

All men have the same dose of happiness. I would have been no less happy as Monsieur Bonaparte than as the Emperor Napoleon.

I should have conquered the world.

The human race is governed by its imagination.

I have only one counsel for you - be master.

A man like me troubles himself little about the lives of a million men.

In the long run, the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.

You can not lead a battle if you think you look silly on a horse.

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

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.

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