Ability is nothing without opportunity.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
A resolute determination is the truest wisdom.
Know how to listen and be sure that silence often produces the same effects as science.
Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement.
All religions have been made by men.
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
The most dangerous moment comes with victory.
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.
It follows that any commander in chief who undertakes to carry out a plan which he considers defective is at fault he must put forth his reasons, insist on the plan being changed, and finally tender his resignation rather than be the instrument of h
An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.
Great men grow tired of contentedness.
Do you know what astonished me most in the world The inability of force to create anything. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the spirit.
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
I have made noise enough in the world already, perhaps too much, and am now getting old, and want retirement
'Du sublime au ridicule il n'y a qu'un pas' From the sublime to the ridiculous there is but one step.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
In politics an absurdity is not a handicap.
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Do you wish to find out the really sublime Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
There are times when a battle decides everything, and there are times when the most insignificant thing can decide the outcome of a battle
There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.
France has more need of me than I have need of France.
Vanity made the French Revolution liberty was only a pretext.
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