Napoleon Bonaparte ranks among the few greatest and most strategically brilliant military commanders in human history. Napoleon was a French military commander and political ruler who was born on August 15, 1769 in Corsica, France.

Napoleon rose through the ranks to become a general at the young age of 24 during the outset of the French Revolution. By the age of 26 Napoleon was leading the French armies in military campaigns against the Austrians, Italians and their allies.

He won virtually every battle on the battlefield and quickly conquered the lands of his adversaries. His conquests made Napoleon a national hero in France.

As he was one of the greatest battlefield grand strategists, Napoleon’s military campaigns and strategic maneuvers are studied at military academies around the world.

Napoleon is one of the most respected, celebrated and at times controversial figures in human history. Napoleon has been highly influential not only in western military strategy, but on the modern world broadly as well. Napoleon established liberal reforms and policies throughout Europe and he implemented rule of law through the Napoleonic Code.

Here are 100 best quotes of Napoleon Bonaparte:

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“It requires more courage to suffer than to die.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Imagination rules the world.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Ability is of little account without opportunity.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The French complain of everything, and always.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The human race is governed by its imagination.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“A true man hates no one.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Let the path be open to talent.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“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.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The only victory over love is flight.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Chance is the providence of adventurers.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“There are only two forces that unite men — fear and interest.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The most dangerous moment comes with victory.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“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.” — 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

“The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Public instruction should be the first object of government.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“I have only one counsel for you — be master.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Death is nothing; but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

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

“Character is victory organized.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“I made all my generals out of mud.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“My downfall raises me to infinite heights.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Vengeance has no foresight.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Truth alone wounds.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Medicines are only fit for old people.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Occupation is the scythe of time.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Who saves his country violates no law.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“A man’s palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The only King of France worthy of the name.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“When I want any, good head work done; I always choose a man, if possible with a long nose.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy’s ranks.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“There is no place in a fanatic’s head where reason can enter.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord’s Prayer.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The art of government is not to let me grow stale.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Men are lead by trifles.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The torment of precautions often exceeds often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.” Napoleon Bonaparte — Napoleon Bonaparte

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