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Napoleon Bonaparte

(1769-1821) French Soldier, Emperor

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There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.

Ability is of little account without opportunity.

An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood.

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

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

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 principals which direct them.

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

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

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

I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.

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

If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.

Imagination rules the world.

Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.

In war as in love, to bring matters to a close, you get close together.

It is only a step from victory to disaster. My experience is that, in a crisis, some detail always decides the issue.

Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied.

Men are lead by trifles.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

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

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

The human race is governed by its imagination.

The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves.

Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes.

Truth alone wounds.

What a mess we are in now - peace has been declared.

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