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French soldier and emperor of France
(1769 - 1821)
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Men are led by trifles.
      - [Trifles]

Men, in general, are but great children.
      - [Man]

Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement.
      - [Music]

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
      - [Enemies]

Occupation is the scythe of time.
      - [Occupations]

People take England on trust, and repeat that Shakespeare is the greatest of all authors. I have read him: there is nothing that compares Racine or Corneille: his plays are unreadable, pitiful.
      - in "The Coriscan," edited by R.M. Johnston
        [Authors : Reading : Shakespeare]

Promptly improve your accidents.
      - [Accident]

Providence is always on the side of the last reserve.
      - attributed to [War]

Public instruction should be the first object of government.
      - [Education]

Religion is, in fact, the dominion of the soul; it is the hope, the anchor of safety, the deliverance from evil. What a service has Christianity rendered to humanity!
      - [Religion]

Revolutions are like the most noxious dungheaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.
      - [Revolution]

Sire, I am my own Rudolph of Hapsburg.
      - said to the Emperor of Austria, who hoped to trace Napoleon's lineage

Soldiers, forty centuries are looking down upon you from these pyramids.
  [Fr., Soldats, du haut ces Pyramide quarante siecles vous contemplent.]
      - said to his army before the Battle of the Pyramids, July 2, 1797

Suicide is a crime the most revolting to the feelings; nor does any reason suggest itself to our understanding by which it can be justified. It certainly originates in that species of fear which we denominate poltroonery. For what claim can that man have to courage who trembles at the frowns of fortunes? True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life in whatever shape they may challenge him to combat.
      - [Suicide]

Surely in a matter of this kind we should endeavor to do something, that we may say that we have not lived in vain, that we may leave some impress of ourselves on the sands of time.
      - from his alleged letter to his Minister of the Interior on the Poor Laws, published in "The Press", Feb. 1, 1868

The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.
      - [Bed]

The conscience is the inviolable asylum of the liberty of man.
      - [Conscience]

The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.
      - [Crime]

The fate of a battle is the result of a moment, of a thought: the hostile forces advance with various combinations, they attack each other and fight for a certain time; the critical moment arrives, a mental flash decides, and the least reserve accomplishes the object.
      - [War]

The fate of war is to be exalted in the morning, and low enough at night! There is but one step from triumph to ruin.
      - [War]

The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
      - [Mothers]

The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
      - attributed to [Soldiers]

The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes.
      - [Modesty]

The heart may be broken, and the soul remain unshaken.
      - [Sorrow : Soul]

The human race is governed by its imagination.
  [Fr., C'est l'imagination qui gouverne le genre humain.]
      - [Imagination]

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