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NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (NAPOLEON I)
French soldier and emperor of France
(1769 - 1821)
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The nature of Christ is, I grant it, from one end to another, a web of mysteries; but this mysteriousness does not correspond to the difficulties which all existence contains. Let it be rejected, and the whole world is an enigma; let it be accepted, and we posses a wonderful explanation of the history of man.
      - [Mystery]

The nature of Christ's existence is mysterious, I admit; but this mystery meets the wants of man. Reject it, and the world is an inexplicable riddle; believe it, and the history of our race is satisfactorily explained.
      - [Christ]

The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.
      - [Wisdom]

The only victory aver love is flight.
      - [Love]

The sight of a battlefield after the fight is enough to inspire princes with a love of peace and a horror of war.
      - [War]

The word "impossible" is not in my dictionary.
      - [Proverbs : Words]

The worse the man, the better the soldier.
      - [Soldiers]

There are calumnies against which even innocence loses courage.
      - [Calumny : Proverbs]

There is no class of men so difficult to be managed in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.
      - [Conscience]

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.
      - [Accident]

There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  [Fr., Du sublime au ridicule il n'y a qu'un pas.]
      - to Abbe du Pradt, at Warsaw [Ridicule]

They may say what they like; everything is organized matter. The tree is the first link of the chain; man is the last. Men are young; the earth is old. Vegetable and animal chemistry are still in their infancy. Electricity, galvanism,--what discoveries in a few years!
      - [Science]

'Tis a principle of war that when you can use the lightning, 'tis better than cannon.
      - [War]

To a father who loves his children victor has no charms. When the heart speaks, glory itself is an illusion.
      - [Glory]

Tragedy warms the soul, elevates the heart, can and ought to create heroes. In this sense, perhaps, France owes a part of her great actions to Corneille.
      - [Tragedy]

True wisdom, in general, consists in energetic determination.
      - [Enemies]

Truth alone wounds.
      - [Truth]

Vengeance is without foresight.
      - [Vengeance]

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
      - [Perseverance]

War,--the trade of barbarians!
      - [Soldiers]

What a solace Christianity must be to one who has an undoubted conviction of its truth!
      - [Religion]

What is history but a fable agreed upon?
      - [History]

When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
      - [Firmness]

When I was happy I thought I knew men, but it was fated that I should know them in misfortune only.
      - [Misfortune]

When the heart speaks, glory itself is an illusion.
      - [Heart]


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