Napoleon Bonaparte Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Napoleon Bonaparte quotes, Napoleon Bonaparte sayings, and Napoleon Bonaparte proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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 principles which direct them.     

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In politics stupidity is not a handicap.

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There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.

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Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

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The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.     

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

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The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.     

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Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.

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

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Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.

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

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Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.     

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No one knows how it is that with one glance a boy can break through into a girl's heart.

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A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.

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The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.     

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Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there is no longer any 'if' or 'but'.

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Over-preparation is the foe of inspiration.     

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Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

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All religions have been made by men.     

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The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.

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The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.     

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The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.     

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One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.     

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

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A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.

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Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

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The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.

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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.

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Chance is the providence of adventurers.     

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In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.

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