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August 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821; Napoleon Bonaparte was a French politician and military leader who rose to power near the end of the French Revolution. Under his rule, Napoleon catapulted France into a dominate position in the world, expanding French control all across Europe. Bonaparte served as Emperor of France for ten years, from 1804 to 1814. During his reign, Bonaparte is famed for employing several progressive liberal reforms throughout the continent of Europe. These reforms include the decline of feudalism and addition of religious tolerance. He also founded the Napoleonic code, a legal system that would serve as the descendant to many civil law codes over the coming years. Born to a noble family in Corsica during the 16th century, Napoleon gained his first military fame in the French First Republic. During his military movement for personal and French power, known as the Napoleonic Wars, he served as a general and was responsible for the seizure of most of continental Europe. Due to his overwhelming victory rate against other nations, Napoleon Bonaparte became known as one of the greatest military leaders in world history. His strategies and military policies are still studied in most military academies around the world, making him one of the most studied world leaders in history. After a successful coup d’état in the last 1700s, Napoleon named himself French First Consul and a few years later, the Emperor of the French people. As a military leader, he led successful forces into battle all across Europe. He has two major defeats during his career, one in 1812 against Russia and another in 1815 during the battle of Waterloo. After his defeat at Waterloo, he was forced into exile on the Italian island known as Elba where he remained sequestered until his death.

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
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He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
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In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
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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.
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War is the business of barbarians.
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A true man hates no one.
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Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.
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Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.
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Imagination rules the world.
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Man achieves in life only by commanding the capabilities nature has given him, or by creating
them within himself by education and by knowing how to profit by the difficulties
encountered.
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Space we can recover, time never.
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I have only one counsel for you - be master.
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Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.
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A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
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The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
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Some revolutions are inevitable. There are moral eruptions, just as the outbreak of volcanoes
are physical eruptions. When the chemical combinations which produce them are complete,
the volcanic eruptions burst forth, just as revolutions do when the moral factors are in the
right state. In order to foresee them, the trend of ideas must be understandingly observed.
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When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.
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Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
 
Victory belongs to the most persevering. The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
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Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
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Ability is of little account without opportunity.
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Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.
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Every French soldier carries a marshal's baton in his knapsack.
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France is invaded; I am leaving to take command of my troops, and, with God's help and their
valor, I hope soon to drive the enemy beyond the frontier.
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He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
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The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their
consequences.
 
Unite for the public safety, if you would remain an independent nation.
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From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.
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Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.
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To listen to the interests of all, marks an ordinary government; to foresee them, marks a
great government.
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A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the
government to its violation.
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To have ultimate victory, you must be ruthless.
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The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.
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Wherever wood can swim, there I am sure to find this Flag of England.
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It is only by prudence, wisdom, and dexterity, that great ends are attained and obstacles
overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds.
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A government protected by foreigners will never be accepted by a free people.
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Religion keeps the poor from killing the rich.
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How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they
had to do, or die.
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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.
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Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted.
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