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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

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

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. ---->>>

Imagination rules the world.

Imagination rules the world.

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.

There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. ---->>>

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

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

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

Women are nothing but machines for producing children. ---->>>

In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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. ---->>>

A leader is a dealer in hope.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

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

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

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

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

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

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

Victory belongs to the most persevering. ---->>>

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.

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. ---->>>

Ability is nothing without opportunity. ---->>>

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

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

History is a set of lies agreed upon.

History is a set of lies agreed upon.

The army is the true nobility of our country. ---->>>

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

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

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

One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent. ---->>>

Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities. ---->>>

It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.

It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. ---->>>

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

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. ---->>>

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

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.

When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity. ---->>>

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

A true man hates no one. ---->>>

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

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

I made all my generals out of mud. ---->>>

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

I have only one counsel for you - be master. ---->>>

War is the business of barbarians. ---->>>

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

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

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. ---->>>

The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.

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

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

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking. ---->>>

From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. ---->>>

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

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

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. ---->>>

Respect the burden.

Respect the burden.

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows. ---->>>

In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.

In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.

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. ---->>>

An army marches on its stomach.

An army marches on its stomach.

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

A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it. ---->>>

There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. ---->>>

France has more need of me than I have need of France. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything. ---->>>

A Constitution should be short and obscure. ---->>>

The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely. ---->>>

Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight. ---->>>

Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest. ---->>>

All religions have been made by men. ---->>>

The word impossible is not in my dictionary. ---->>>

What is history but a fable agreed upon?

What is history but a fable agreed upon?

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

A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view. ---->>>

The human race is governed by its imagination.

The human race is governed by its imagination.

England is a nation of shopkeepers. ---->>>

Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult. ---->>>

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy. ---->>>

Let the path be open to talent. ---->>>

Medicines are only fit for old people. ---->>>

The French complain of everything, and always. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: August 15, 1769
Birthplace:
Die: May 5, 1821
Occupation: Leader
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Napoleon Bonaparte (; French: [napɔleɔ̃ bɔnapaʁt]; 15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again briefly in 1815 (during the Hundred Days) (wikipedia)