Napoleon's Maxims & Quotes

On Opinion

  • The crowd which follows me with admiration, would run with the same eagerness were I marching to the Guillotine.

  • The public spirit is in the hands of the man who knows how to make use of it.

  • Public esteem is the recompense of honest men.

  • Public opinion is a mysterious and invisible power, to which everything must yield. There is nothing more fickle, more vague, or more powerful; yet capricious as it is, it is nevertheless much more often true, reasonable, and just, than we imagine.

  • To attach no importance to public opinion, is a proof that you do not merit its suffrage.

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

  • Power is founded upon opinion.


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