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A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
Men take only their needs into consideration – never their abilities.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
France has more need of me than I have need of France.
The French complain of everything, and always.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
Let the path be open to talent.
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
A Constitution should be short and obscure.
A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.
A true man hates no one.
Medicines are only fit for old people.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.
The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.