Napoleon's Maxims & Quotes

On Women

  • Female virtue has been held in suspicion from the beginning of the world, and ever will be.

  • To seduce a wife from her husband, or a son from his father, are odious acts, unworthy of civilised nations.

  • In choosing a wife, a man does not renounce his mother, and still less is he justified in breaking her heart.

  • There is no greater misfortune for a man than to be governed by his wife: in such case he is neither himself nor his wife, he is a perfect nonentity.

  • In great crisis, it is the lot of women to soften our misfortunes.

  • Fortune is like a woman—if you miss her to-day, think not to find her to-morrow.


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