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Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes (197 Quotes)


  • Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte)

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

  • The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte)

  • When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte)

  • Order marches with weighty and measured strides disorder is always in a hurry
    (Napoléon Bonaparte)


  • Napoleon willed that he would, and did.
    (Napoléon Bonaparte)

  • The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte)

  • A mathematician of the first rank, Laplace quickly revealed himself as only a mediocre administrator from his first work we saw that we had been deceived. Laplace saw no question from its true point of view he sought subtleties everywhere had only doubtful ideas, and finally carried the spirit of the infinitely small into administration.
    (Napoléon Bonaparte)

  • What is history but a fable agreed upon?
    (Napoleon Bonaparte)

  • Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack.
    (Napoléon Bonaparte)

  • 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.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte)

  • The Bible is not merely a bookit is a living power.... Nowhere as in the Bible can be found such a series of beautiful ideas and admirable maxims which pose before us like the battalions of a celestial army.... The soul can never go astray while it has this book for its guide.
    (Napoléon Bonaparte)

  • He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte)

  • Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
    (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)


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