Napoleon's Maxims & Quotes
a Nation is in war, the presence of a deliberative body is injurious
and often fatal. The turbulent, the ambitious greedy of distinction,
of popularity, of power, erect themselves by their own authority
into advocates of the people, defending those who are not attacked,
as advisers of the Prince, they will know all, rule all, direct
all, they become successively censors, factious and rebels.
is no Nation however small which had the right to set itself free,
that has not rescued itself from the dishonour of obeying the
Prince imposed by an enemy in the hour of victory.
is a word which represents a noble idea.
fate of a Nation may sometimes depend upon the position of a fortress.
strengthens the bonds between nations to have the same civil laws
and the same monetary system.
a conquered country benevolence is not humanitarianism. It is
a general political axiom that a conqueror must not inspire a
good opinion of his benevolence until he has demonstrated that
he can be severe with malefactors.
is the soul and chief support of empires; industry produces riches
and the happiness of the people; exportation represents the superabundance,
and good use of both.
renders a nation so despicable as religious despotism.
should be the chief basis of the education of youth.
nation recruits men more easily than it can retrieve its honour.
and equality are magical words.
should wash our dirty linen at home.
are nothing but by the law.
despotism represses generous sentiments, priestly tyranny stifles
and cowardly soldiers cause the loss of a nation's independence;
but pusillanimous magistrates destroy the empire of the laws,
the rights of the throne, and even social order itself.
extraordinary circumstances we must apply extraordinary remedies.
these days the invention of printing, and the diffusion of knowledge,
render historical calumnies a little less dangerous: truth will
always prevail in the long run, but how slow its progress!