Napoleon's Maxims & Quotes
am never angry when contradicted, I seek to be enlightened.
men are equal before God: wisdom, talents, and virtue are the
only difference between them.
like not your free thinkers, fools only defy mystery.
man born for office and authority, see nobody, he sees only things,
their weight and their consequence.
have never found the limit of my capacity for work.
walk faster when we walk alone.
ambition is the passion of a great character. He who is endowed
with it, may perform either very great actions, or very bad ones;
all depends upon the principles which direct him.
who hazards nothing, gains nothing.
you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of
life would be my god.
love a brave soldier who has undergone the baptism of fire.
think I am stern, even hardhearted. So much the better-this makes
it unnecessary for me to justify my reputation. My firmness is
taken for callousness. I shall not complain, since this notion
is responsible for the good order that is prevailing, so that
there is nothing that needs to be repressed.
motto has always been: A career open to all talents, without distinctions
subjects and different affairs are arranged in my head as in
a cupboard. When I wish to interrupt one train of thought, I
shut that drawer and open another. Do I wish to sleep, I simply
close all the drawers and then I am - asleep.
was born and made for work.
have recognised the limits of my eyesight and of my legs, but
never the limits of my working power.
have a taste for founding, not for owning.
have come to realise that men are not born to be free.
am not moved by the tears of a duchess, but the sufferings of
the people touch me.
is only a word, I care for nobody.
would kiss a man's arse if I needed him.
when I am gone, I shall remain in people's minds the star of their
rights, my name will be the war cry of their efforts, the motto
of their hopes.
are born, we live, we die among supernatural.
know when it is necessary, how to leave the skin of lion to take
one of fox.
I want any, good head work done; I always choose a man, if possible
with a long nose.
I make circumstances!
successful! I judge men only by the results of their actions.
I like honest men of all colors.
I start out by believing the worst.
bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.
have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.
I had not been born Napoleon, I would have liked to have been
I did is immense. What I had decided to do, and what I had projected
were still more so.
word 'impossible' is not in my dictionary.
wished to found a European system, a European Code of Laws, a
European judiciary; there would be but one people in Europe.
reign only through the fear I inspire.
I should have conquered the world.