Great Quotes by a French Political Leader Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte was a politician and performed many campaigns during war, find his quotes & sayings on various subjects like war, power, army, politics.

  • You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
  • You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy’s ranks.
  • Women are nothing but machines for producing children.
  • With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.
  • When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
  • When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
  • What is history but a fable agreed upon?
  • We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
  • Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
  • War is the business of barbarians.
  • Victory belongs to the most persevering.
  • 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.
  • Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
  • There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  • There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
  • There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.
  • There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest.
  • There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
  • The word impossible is not in my dictionary.
  • The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
  • The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.
  • The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
  • The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
  • 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.
  • The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
  • The human race is governed by its imagination.
  • The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
  • The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means.
  • The French complain of everything, and always.
  • The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
  • The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.
  • The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.
  • The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
  • The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
  • The army is the true nobility of our country.
  • The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.
  • Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
  • Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
  • Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
  • Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
  • Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
  • Respect the burden.
  • Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
  • Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
  • Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
  • Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
  • One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
  • One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.
  • Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
  • Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
  • Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
  • Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.
  • Men take only their needs into consideration – never their abilities.
  • Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
  • Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
  • Medicines are only fit for old people.
  • Let the path be open to talent.
  • It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
  • It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
  • In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.
  • In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
  • In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.
  • Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
  • Imagination rules the world.
  • If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
  • If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
  • If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
  • If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
  • I made all my generals out of mud.
  • 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.
  • I have only one counsel for you – be master.
  • I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.
  • I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.
  • 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.
  • History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
  • History is a set of lies agreed upon.
  • He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
  • He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
  • 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.
  • Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
  • From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
  • France has more need of me than I have need of France.
  • Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
  • Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.
  • England is a nation of shopkeepers.
  • Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
  • Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
  • Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
  • An army marches on its stomach.
  • Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
  • Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
  • All religions have been made by men.
  • Ability is nothing without opportunity.
  • A true man hates no one.
  • A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
  • A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
  • A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
  • A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.
  • A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
  • A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.
  • A leader is a dealer in hope.
  • A Constitution should be short and obscure.
  • A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.