Napoleon Bonaparte

France
15 Aug 1769 // 5 May 1821
General / Emperor

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When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary
True wisdom, in general, consists in energetic determination
To a father who loves his children victor has no charms. When the heart speaks, glory itself is an illusion
There is no class of men so difficult to be managed in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched
The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone
The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes
The conscience is the inviolable asylum of the liberty of man
Public instruction should be the first object of government
In matters of government, justice means force as well as virtue
Great men are meteors, consuming themselves to light the world
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
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On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
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