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NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (NAPOLEON I)
French soldier and emperor of France
(1769 - 1821)
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A faithful friend is the true image of the Deity.
      - [Friends]

A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
      - [Education]

A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits.
      - [Ballads]

Ability is of little account with opportunity.
      - [Ability]

Across the chasm of eighteen hundred years Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others difficult to satisfy. He asks that for which a philosopher may often seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of his children, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother. He asks for the human heart; he will have it entirely to himself; he demands it unconditionally, and forthwith his demand is granted. Wonderful!
      - [Christ]

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded empires; but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force, Jesus alone founded His empire upon love; and to this very day millions would die for Him.
      - [Christ]

All celebrated people lose on a close view.
      - [Dignity]

All Italians are plunderers.
  [It., Gli Italiani tutti ladroni.]
    Not all but a good part.
      [It., Non tutti, ma buona parte.]
      - said when in Italy, and the response by a lady who overheard him
        [Italy]

All systems of morality are fine. The Gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few commonplace sentences put in bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
      - [Bible]

All systems of morality are fine. The gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality, divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few common-place sentences put into bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
      - [Morality]

All the great captains have performed vast achievements by conforming with the rules of art--by adjusting efforts to obstacles.
      - [Perseverance]

All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before one single word--faith.
      - [Faith]

All the women in the world would not make me lose an hour.
      - [Women]

America is a fortunate country. She grows by the follies of our European nations.
      - [America]

An aristocracy is the true support of a monarchy.
      - [Aristocracy]

Brave deeds are the monuments of brave men.
      - [Monuments]

But it is at home and not in public that one should wash ones dirty linen.
  [Fr., Car c'est en famille, ce n'est pas en public, qu'un lave son linge sale.]
      - in a speech to the Legislative Assembly on his return from Elba
        [Politics]

Called to the throne by the voice of the people, my maxim has always been, A career open to talent without distinction of birth. It is this system of equality for which the European oligarchy detests me.
      - [Birth]

Circumstances! I make circumstances.
      - [Circumstance]

Do you know what is more hard to bear than the reverses of fortune? It is the baseness, the hideous ingratitude, of man.
      - [Ingratitude]

Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.
      - [Power]

Every hour of lost time is a chance of future misfortune.
      - [Idleness]

For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor.
      - [Equality]

For the maintenance of peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks which forerun cannon-shots.
      - to Czar Alexander at Tilsit [Trifles]

Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.
      - [Forethought]


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