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Napoleon Bonaparte: Sayings and Quotes


Painting by Jacques-Louis David

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

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If you build an army of 100 lions and their leader is a dog, in any fight, the lions will die like a dog. But if you build an army of 100 dogs and their leader is a lion, all dogs will fight as a lion.

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Victory is not always winning the battle... but rising every time you fall.

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The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.

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

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To have a right estimate of a man's character, we must see him in misfortune.

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You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success.

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Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.

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

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No one but myself can be blamed for my fall. I have been my own greatest enemy – the cause of my own disastrous fate.

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The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, and fools of the future.

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He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

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The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

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Victory belongs to the most persevering.

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Imagination rules the world.

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A true man hates no one.

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Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. To become a good man, one must have faithful friends, or outright enemies.

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History is written by the winners.

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Great men are never cruel without necessity.

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Whatever you ardently and passionately desire, that you obtain.

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Die young, and I shall accept your death-but not if you have lived without glory, without being useful to your country, without leaving a trace of your existence: for that is not to have lived at all.

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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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The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.

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The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.

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The most dangerous moment comes with victory.

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Better to have an open enemy, than hidden friends.

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There is no real force without justice.

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The heart may be broken, and the soul remain unshaken.

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In war there is but one favorable moment; the great art is to seize it!

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

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Good intelligence is nine-tenths of any battle.

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

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My downfall raises me to infinite heights.

Read more about interesting historical figures in the collection "Tradition of Warriors and Sages" by A. R. Basov

 

 

 




I will not get lost...
The North Star is shining in the darkness...
The road to Valhalla, straight like a sword, is always in front of me!

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