Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.

He was the de facto leader of the French Republic as First Consul from 1799 to 1804, and as Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again in 1815.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Napoleon's political and cultural legacy has endured to this day, and he stands as one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in world history.

Here is a collection of Napoleon Bonaparte most inspiring quotes: Napoleon Bonaparte quotes about success, reading, thinking, history, life, love, happiness and woman. Napoleon Bonaparte quotes on leadership, deciding, power, politics, stupidity and freedom. Quotes and sayings on war, strategy, enemies, courage, strength and time by Napoleon Bonaparte.


Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes and Sayings

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


History is a set of lies agreed upon.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


History is written by the winners.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Imagination governs the world.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


A leader is a dealer in hope.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Conquests will come and go but Delambre's work will endure.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


A woman laughing is a woman conquered.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


You don't reason with intellectuals. You shoot them.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


A picture is worth a thousand words.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


China is a sleeping giant; let him sleep, for if he wakes, he will shake the World.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Ability is of little account without opportunity.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Victory belongs to the most persevering.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Ability is of little account without opportunity.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


A true man hates no one.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


It's the unconquerable soul of man, and not the nature of the weapon he uses, that ensures victory.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


In our time no one has the conception of what is great. It is up to me to show them.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


If we could read the past histories of all our enemies we would disregard all hostility for them.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Put your iron hand in a velvet glove.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The only victory over love is flight.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I saw the crown of France laying on the ground, so I picked it up with my sword.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.

― 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


If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I have seen only you, I have admired only you, I desire only you.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


There is a joy in danger.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


All great events hang by a single thread. The clever man takes advantage of everything, neglects nothing that may give him some added opportunity; the less clever man, by neglecting one thing, sometimes misses everything.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay hands on everything they can get.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Impossible is the word found only in a fool's dictionary. Wise people create opportunities for themselves and make everything possible.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


An army marches on its stomach.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I start out by believing the worst.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Success is the most convincing talker in the world.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


A revolution is an idea, taken up by bayonets.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


What is the government? Nothing, unless supported by opinion.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Give me enough medals and I'll win you any war.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds... I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I know he's a good general, but is he lucky?

― Napoleon Bonaparte


One must learn to forgive and not to hold a hostile, bitter attitude of mind, which offends those about us and prevents us from enjoying ourselves; one must recognize human shortcomings and adjust himself to them rather than to be constantly finding fault with them.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


War is the business of barbarians.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Nothing is lost as long as courage remains.

― 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


To write history one must be more than a man, since the author who holds the pen of this great justiciary must be free from all preoccupation of interest or vanity.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Ordinarily men exercise their memory much more than their judgment.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I make my battle plans from the spirit of my sleeping soldiers

― 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


Of all the peoples of Europe, Spaniards disgust me the least.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


To have a right estimate of a man's character, we must see him in misfortune.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


We frustrate many designs against us by pretending not to see them.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Women are nothing but machines for producing children.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Victory is not always winning the battle... but rising every time you fall.

― 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


It is not necessary to bury the truth. It is sufficient merely to delay it until nobody cares.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


if you build an army of 100 lions and their leader is a dog, in any fight, the lions will die like a dog. BUT if you build an army of 100 dogs and their leader is a lion, all dogs will fight like a lion.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Until you spread your wings, you'll have no idea how far you can fly.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The best way to make everyone poor is to insist on equality of wealth.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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

― Napoleon Bonaparte


You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Friends must always be treated as if one day they might be enemies.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


I see only my objective - the obstacles must give way.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Envy is a declaration of inferiority.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


There is only one thing in this world, and that is to keep acquiring money and more money, power and more power. All the rest is meaningless.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


Men of great ambition have sought happiness... and have found fame.

― Napoleon Bonaparte


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