Napoleon's Maxims & Quotes

On Men

  • The stronger never retreat, they dictate the terms which the weak obey.

  • The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.

  • A man is not dependent upon his fellow creature, when he does not fear death.

  • The guilt of many men may be traced to over-affection for their wives.

  • Flatterers and men of learning do not accord well with each other.

  • Some men have sufficient strength of mind to change their disposition, or at least to yield to imperative circumstances.

  • It is too late to reprieve a man when the drop has fallen.

  • It is a truth that man is difficult to know, and that, if we may not deceive ourselves, we must judge him by his actions of the moment, and for the moment only.

  • Friendship is but a name.

  • Men have their virtues, their vices, their heroism, their perverseness, they possess and exercise all that is good, and all that is bad in this world.

  • Men, in general, are but children of a larger growth.

  • Men of letters are useful, and should ever be cherished, as they do honour to their country.

  • Great men are like meteors, which shine and consume themselves to enlighten the earth.

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


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