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Napoleon Bonaparte

  • One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.

  • All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before a single word: faith.

  • Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.

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

  • The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.

  • As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the two o'clock in the morning kind, I mean unprepared courage that which is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the most unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgement and decision.

  • Circumstances - what are circumstances? I make circumstances.

  • Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

  • With audacity one can undertake anything.

  • All celebrated people lose dignity on a close view.

  • A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

  • The torment of precautions ofter exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.

  • He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

  • The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.

  • Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make oneself its slave.

  • 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.

  • If you start to take Vienna - take Vienna.

  • There are two levers for moving men - interest and fear.

  • Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities.

  • The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.

  • The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.

  • This man wellington is so stupid he does not know when he is beaten, and goes on fighting.

  • A leader is a dealer in hope.

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

  • 10 persons who speak make more noise than 10,000 who are silent.

  • How many really capable men are children more than once during the day?

  • Ability is of little account without opportunity.

  • You may ask me for anything you like except time.

  • Victory belongs to the most persevering.

  • My downfall raises me to infinite heights.

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

  • The heart of a statesman should be in his head.

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