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I made all my generals out of mud.
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Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
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Power is founded upon opinion.
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Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.
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A king is sometimes obliged to commit crimes; but they are the crimes of his position.
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Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
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Circumstances? What are circumstances? I make circumstances.
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As a rule, it is circumstances that make men.
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Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
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Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
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Show me a family of readers and I will show you the people who move the world.
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The superior man is never in anyone's way.
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There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.
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The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.
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To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, would be
to be a god.
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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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Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
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Success is the most convincing talker in the world.
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Ability is of little account without opportunity.
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The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their
consequences.
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The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the
reestablishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to
descend from the throne, to quit France, and even relinquish life, for the good of his country.
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Go, sir, gallop, and don't forget that the world was made in six days. You can ask me for
anything you like, except time.
Napoleon Bonaparte, to a messenger

What is the throne? A bit of wood gilded and covered with velvet. I am the state - I alone
am here the representative of the people. Even if I had done wrong you should not have
reproached me in public - people wash their dirty linen at home. France has more need of me
than I of France.
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The men who have changed the universe have never gottenthere by working on leaders, but
rather by moving the masses. Working on leaders is the method of intrigue and only leads to
secondary results. Working on the masses, however, is the stroke of genius that changes the
face of the world.
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Two o'clock in the morning courage: I mean unprepared courage.
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There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most
precious to men: time.
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It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
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A picture is worth a thousand words.
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Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.
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Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.
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History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
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From triumph to downfall is but a step. I have seen a trifle decide the most important issues
in the gravest affairs.
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He who cannot look over a battlefield with a dry eye, causes the death of many men
uselessly.
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You don't reason with intellectuals. You shoot them.
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We are made weak both by idleness and distrust of ourselves. Unfortunate, indeed, is he who
suffers from both. If he is a mere individual he becomes nothing; if he is a king he is lost.
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History is written by the winners.
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If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
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