Napoleon Bonaparte quotes page 1
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.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
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.
War is the business of barbarians.
A true man hates no one.
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.
Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.
Imagination rules the world.
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
Space we can recover, time never.
Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.