Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Napoléon Bonaparte (/n??po?li?n, -?po?lj?n/; French: [nap?le?? b?napa?t], born Napoleone di Buonaparte; 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 Revolutionary Wars. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. Often considered one of the greatest commanders in history, his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. He also remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in Western history. In civil affairs, Napoleon had a major long-term impact by bringing liberal reforms to the territories that he conquered, especially the Low Countries, Switzerland, and large parts of modern Italy and Germany. He implemented fundamental liberal policies in France and throughout Western Europe. His lasting legal achievement, the Napoleonic Code, has been adopted in various forms by a quarter of the world's legal systems, from Japan to Quebec.

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Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

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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.

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

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In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

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

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

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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.

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Imagination rules the world.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.

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

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