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

  He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  In politics stupidity is not a handicap.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes...Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  War is the business of barbarians.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A true man hates no one.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Imagination rules the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Man achieves in life only by commanding the capabilities nature has given him, or by creating them within himself by education and by knowing how to profit by the difficulties encountered.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Space we can recover, time never.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  I have only one counsel for you - be master.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Some revolutions are inevitable. There are moral eruptions, just as the outbreak of volcanoes are physical eruptions. When the chemical combinations which produce them are complete, the volcanic eruptions burst forth, just as revolutions do when the moral factors are in the right state. In order to foresee them, the trend of ideas must be understandingly observed.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Victory belongs to the most persevering. The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Ability is of little account without opportunity.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Every French soldier carries a marshal's baton in his knapsack.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  France is invaded; I am leaving to take command of my troops, and, with God's help and their valor, I hope soon to drive the enemy beyond the frontier.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Unite for the public safety, if you would remain an independent nation.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  To listen to the interests of all, marks an ordinary government; to foresee them, marks a great government.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  To have ultimate victory, you must be ruthless.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Wherever wood can swim, there I am sure to find this Flag of England.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  It is only by prudence, wisdom, and dexterity, that great ends are attained and obstacles overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A government protected by foreigners will never be accepted by a free people.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Religion keeps the poor from killing the rich.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  I made all my generals out of mud.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Power is founded upon opinion.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Circumstances? What are circumstances? I make circumstances.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  As a rule, it is circumstances that make men.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Show me a family of readers and I will show you the people who move the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The superior man is never in anyone's way.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, would be to be a god.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  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.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Success is the most convincing talker in the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Ability is of little account without opportunity.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the reestablishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even relinquish life, for the good of his country.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Go, sir, gallop, and dont forget that the world was made in six days. You can ask me for anything you like, except time.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  What is the throne? A bit of wood gilded and covered with velvet. I am the state - I alone am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have reproached me in public - people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me than I of France.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The men who have changed the universe have never gottenthere by working on leaders, but rather by moving the masses. Working on leaders is the method of intrigue and only leads to secondary results. Working on the masses, however, is the stroke of genius that changes the face of the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Two o'clock in the morning courage: I mean unprepared courage.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A picture is worth a thousand words.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  From triumph to downfall is but a step. I have seen a trifle decide the most important issues in the gravest affairs.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  He who cannot look over a battlefield with a dry eye, causes the death of many men uselessly.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  You dont reason with intellectuals. You shoot them.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  We are made weak both by idleness and distrust of ourselves. Unfortunate, indeed, is he who suffers from both. If he is a mere individual he becomes nothing; if he is a king he is lost.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  History is written by the winners.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

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

  Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Never awake me when you have good news to announce, because with good news nothing presses; but when you have bad news, arouse me immediately, for then there is not an instant to be lost.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The word impossible is not in my dictionary.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  There are two levers for moving men: interest and fear.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  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  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and it is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Men of genius are meteors intended to burn to light their century.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A leader is a dealer in hope.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Ability is nothing without opportunity.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The only victory over love is flight.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Mankind's worst enemy is fear of work  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A soul you say? Give my pocketwatch to a savage and he'll think it has a soul.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  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.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  I must see her and press her to my heart. I love her to the point of madness, and I cannot continue to be separated from her. If she no longer loved me, I would have nothing left to do on earth.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Love is a matter of chemistry, but Sex is a matter of physics.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes... Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  In politics stupidity is not a handicap.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Success is the most convincing talker in the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  To have ultimate victory, you must be ruthless.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Space we can recover, time never.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Ability is of little account without opportunity.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Man achieves in life only by commanding the capabilities nature has given him, or by creating them within himself by education and by knowing how to profit by the difficulties encountered.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

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

  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.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, would be to be a god.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  We are made weak both by idleness and distrust of ourselves. Unfortunate, indeed, is he who suffers from both. If he is a mere individual he becomes nothing; if he is a king he is lost.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Victory belongs to the most persevering. The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Man achieves in life only by commanding the capabilities nature has given him, or by creating them within himself by education and by knowing how to profit by the difficulties encountered.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Every French soldier carries a marshal's baton in his knapsack.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  In politics stupidity is not a handicap.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  A picture is worth a thousand words.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  There are times when a battle decides everything, and there are times when the most insignificant thing can decide the outcome of a battle  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  What is history but a fable agreed upon?  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  History is a set of lies agreed upon.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Imagination rules the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Imagination governs the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Imagination rules the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  History is a set of lies agreed upon.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Women are nothing but machines for producing children.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Medicines are only fit for old people.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Ability is nothing without opportunity.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  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.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Imagination rules the world.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  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.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Victory belongs to the most persevering.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte