Napoleon Bonaparte: Perbedaan revisi

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* Semua kejadian besar terjadi dengan selisih setipis rambut. Orang yang memiliki kemampuan mengambil semua kesempatan dan tidak mengabaikan apa pun yang dapat memberinya kesempatan untuk berhasil; sementara orang yang tidak begitu memiliki kemampuan terkadang kehilangan semuanya karena mengabaikan salah satu kesempatan tersebut.
** Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Passariano (26 September 1797), as quoted in ''Napoleon as a General'' (1902) by Maximilian Yorck von Wartenburg, p.  269
 
* Dari puncak-puncak piramida ini, empat puluh abad memandang kepada kita.
** Speech to his troops in Egypt (21 July 1798) Variant translation: "Soldiers, from the summit of yonder pyramids forty centuries look down upon you...". Published in the autobiography of French general [[w:Eugène de Beauharnais|Eugène de Beauharnais]].
 
* Apa yang telah kulakukan hingga saat ini masih belum apa-apa. Aku baru memulai langkah yang harus aku tempuh.
** As quoted in ''Memoirs of Count Miot de Melito'' (1788 - 1815) as translated by Frances Cashel Hoey and John Lillie (1881), Vol. II, p.  94
 
* Bentuk pemerintahan yang bukan berasal dari runtutan pengalaman, usaha, dan jerih lelah tidak akan pernah dapat berakar.
** Statement (1803) as quoted in ''The Mind of Napoleon'' (1955) by J. Christopher Herold
 
* ''Le mot impossible n'est pas français.''
** Kata ''impossible'' (tidak mungkin) bukanlah bahasa Perancis.
** Letter to General [[w:fr:Jean Le Marois|Jean Le Marois]] (9 July 1813), quoted in ''Famous Sayings and their Authors'' (1906) by Edward Latham, p.  138
** The letter says: "C'est ne pas possible", m'ecrivez-vous: cela n'est pas français.[http://books.google.es/books?id=TqvSAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA479&dq=correspondance+napoleon+Ier+9+juillet+1813&hl=es&ei=tT3ATqzaNImu8gP01dH9Aw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Original Source]
 
* Jika seni berperang hanyalah seni untuk menghindari risiko, kejayaan hanya akan menjadi buruan orang-orang medioker.... Saya telah membuat perhitungan; nasib yang akan menentukan sisanya.
** Statement at the beginning of the 1813 campaign, as quoted in ''The Mind of Napoleon'' (1955) by J. Christopher Herold, p.  45
 
* Apalah sebuah takhta itu? — sedikit kayu yang dilamir. Saya adalah negara — Saya sendirilah wakil dari rakyat. Meskipun saya berbuat salah, kalian tidak seharusnya menegur saya di depan publik—orang mencuci pakaian kotornya di rumah. Perancis lebih membutuhkan saya daripada saya membutuhkan Perancis.
** Statement to the Senate (1814){{fix cite}} He echoes here the remark attributed to [[w:Louis XIV|Louis XIV]] ''L'état c'est moi'' ( "The State is I" or more commonly: "I am the State.")
 
* Perancis telah diinvasi; Saya pergi untuk memimpin pasukanku, dan dengan bantuan Tuhan dan keberanian mereka, saya berharap semoga dapat lekas menghalau musuh dari perbatasan.
** Statement at Paris (23 January 1814) {{fix cite}}
 
* Peluru yang akan membunuhku belum dibuat.
** Statement at Montereau (17 February 1814) {{fix cite}}
 
* Di mana pun kayu dapat berenang, di sana saya yakin dapat menemukan bendera Inggris ini
** Statement at Rochefort (July 1815) {{fix cite}}
 
* Apa yang harus kita lakukan di tempat terpencil itu? ''Well'', kita akan menulis memoir kita. Kerja adalah parang dari waktu.
** On board H.M.S. Bellerophon (August 1815) {{fix cite}}
 
* Saya biasanya harus mengalah.
** Statement on his relations with the Empress Josephine (19 May 1816), quoted in ''The Story of Civilization'' (1935) by [[Will Durant]] and [[w:Ariel Durant|Ariel Durant]], p.  234
 
* Apa sebenarnya kebenaran dari sejarah itu? [Tidak lebih dari] Fabel yang disetujui bersama.
** Conversation with Emmanuel, comte de Las Cases (20 November 1816), ''Mémorial de Sainte Hélène'', v. 4, [http://books.google.com/books?id=945jAAAAMAAJ&vq=%22fable%20agreed%20upon%22&pg=PA251 p. 251]. However, the phrase predates Napoleon. [[w:Claude Adrien Helvétius|Helvétius]] attributes it to [[w:Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle|Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle]], ''De l'esprit'' (1758), [http://books.google.com/books?id=N7g8AAAAcAAJ&vq=%22fable%20convenue%22&pg=RA1-PA443 p. 443]
 
* Wanita tidak lebih dari mesin untuk memproduksi anak.
** ''The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud'' (9 January 1817); as quoted in ''The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud, 1815-1818 : Being a Diary written at St. Helena during a part of Napoleon's Captivity'' (1932) as translated by Norman Edwards, a translation of ''Journal de Sainte-Hélène 1815-1818'' by General [[w:Gaspard Gourgaud|Gaspard Gourgaud]]
 
* Maksim saya adalah, ''la carrière est ouverte aux talents'', tanpa perbedaan kelahiran atau keberuntungan.
** Statement while on St. Helena (3 March 1817) {{fix cite}}
 
* Dengan menjadikan saya Katolik, saya membawa kedamaian di Brittany dan Vendée. Dengan menjadikan saya orang Italia, saya memenangkan orang-orang Italia. Dengan menjadikan saya Muslim, saya mengukuhkan kehadiran saya di Mesir. Jika saya memerintah bangsa Yahudi, saya akan mendirikan Bait Salomo.
 
* Semua agama didasarkan atas keajaiban — pada hal-hal yang tidak dapat kita mengerti, seperti Trinitas. Yesus menyebut dirinya Anak Allah, tetapi ia adalah keturunan Daud. Saya lebih memilih agama Muhammad — agama itu lebih tidak menggelikan daripada agama kita.
** Letter from St. Helena (28 August 1817); as quoted in ''The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud, 1815-1818 : Being a Diary written at St. Helena during a part of Napoleon's Captivity'' (1932) as translated by Norman Edwards, a translation of ''Journal de Sainte-Hélène 1815-1818'' by General [[w:Gaspard Gourgaud|Gaspard Gourgaud]], t.2, p.&nbsp;226 <!-- Flammarion -->
 
* Muhammad adalah orang besar, prajurit yang tanpa takut; dengan beberapa orang saja ia menang dalam Pertempuran Badar, kapten yang hebat, pandai berbicara, negarawan yang hebat, menghidupkan kembali negaranya, dan menciptakan bangsa dan kekuatan baru di tengah-tengah padang gurun Arab
** Statement of 1817 quoted in ''Précis des guerres de César, écrit à Sainte-Hélène sous la dictée de l'empereur'' (1836) edited by [[w:Jean Gabriel Marchand|Comte Marchand]], p. &nbsp;237 <!-- Gosselin --> <!-- The translation used here has not been located. -->
 
* Waktu kita telah ditentukan, dan tidak ada yang dapat meminta sedikit pun waktu lebih dari yang telah ditentukan oleh takdir.
** To Dr. Arnott (April 1821) {{fix cite}}
 
* Orang biasa telah mati, orang besi telah dipenjara: saya hanya membawa pulang orang perunggu.
** Statement of 1812, quoted in ''Napoleon's Cavalry and its Leaders'' (1978) by David Johnson <!-- and in ''History of the Expedition to Russia'' (1827) by Philippe-Paul Ségur, as translated by C. J. Sumemerville ? -->
 
* ''Depuis le premier jour jusqu'au dernier, il est le même, toujours le même, majestueux et simple , infiniment sévère et infiniment doux ; dans un commerce de vie pour ainsi dire public, Jésus ne donne jamais de prise à la moindre critique; sa conduite si prudente ravit l'admiration par un mélange de force et de douceur.''
** Dari sejak pertama hingga akhirnya, ia selalu sama, mulia dan sederhana, sangat keras dan sangat lembut dalam hal kehidupan publik, bisa dibilang Yesus tidak pernah menghiraukan kritik apa pun, perilakunya selalu mengundang kekaguman antara kekuatan dan kelembutan.
** ''Sentiment de Napoléon sur la divinité de Jésus-Christ'' (1841), p. &nbsp;59.
 
* Saya adalah raja atas semua ciptaan Allah, dan kalian reptil-reptil dunia ini tidak berani melawanku. Saya tidak berhutang atas pemerintahanku kepada siapa pun juga, kecuali pada Allah dan Yesus Kristus.
** Addressing members of the Catholic clergy assembled during ‘Bonaparte's Conference with the Catholic and Protestant clergy at [[w:Breda|Breda]],’ May 1, 1810 (originally reported in the Gazette of [[w:Dorpat|Dorpt]]), as quoted in ''The life of Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of the French: with a preliminary view of the French revolution'', [[w: Sir Walter Scott | Sir Walter Scott]], Philadelphia: Leary & Getz, 1857, [http://books.google.com/books?id=6yEMAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA91&dq=%22you+reptiles+of+the+earth%22&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q=%22you%20reptiles%20of%20the%20earth%22&f=false p. 91]
*** As quoted in ''The Christian Observer'', Volume 10, 1861, [http://books.google.com/books?id=mc8WAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA261&dq=%22you+reptiles+of+the+earth%22&lr=&cd=2#v=onepage&q=%22you%20reptiles%20of%20the%20earth%22&f=false p. 261]
 
* Tindakan pengecut! Apa peduliku? Anda boleh yakin bahwa saya tidak akan pernah takut untuk melakukan hal itu jika itu menguntungkan saya.
** Quoted by George Gordon Andrews in ''Napoleon in Review'' (1939)[http://books.google.com/books?id=hnvRAAAAMAAJ&q=&quot;"A+cowardly+act+What+do+I+care+about+that+You+may+be+sure+that+I+should+never+fear+to+commit+one+if+it+were+to+my+advantage&quot;"&pg=PA8#v=onepage]
 
=== ''Napoleon : In His Own Words'' (1916) ===
 
* '''There are only two forces that unite men — fear and interest.''' All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment.
 
* Audacity succeeds as often as it fails; in life it has an even chance.
 
* '''The superior man is never in anyone's way.'''
 
* There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.
 
* '''Success is the most convincing talker in the world.'''
 
* As a rule it is circumstances that make men.
 
* '''Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.'''
 
* '''One must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms.''' Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered.
 
* Never depend on the multitude, full of instability and whims; always take precautions against it.
 
* From triumph to downfall is but a step. I have seen a trifle decide the most important issues in the gravest affairs.
 
* '''It is only by prudence, wisdom, and dexterity, that great ends are attained and obstacles overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds.'''
 
* '''The man fitted for affairs and authority never considers individuals, but things and their consequences.'''
 
* A congress of the powers is deceit agreed on between diplomats — it is the pen of [[Machiavelli]] combined with the scimitar of [[Muhammad|Mahomet]].
 
* '''Destiny urges me to a goal of which I am ignorant. Until that goal is attained I am invulnerable, unassailable. When Destiny has accomplished her purpose in me, a fly may suffice to destroy me.'''
 
* Necessity dominates inclination, will, and right.
 
 
* Men have their virtues and their vices, their heroisms and their perversities; men are neither wholly good nor wholly bad, but possess and practice all that there is of good and bad here below. Such is the general rule. Temperament, education, the accidents of life, are modifying factors. Outside of this, everything is ordered arrangement, everything is chance. Such has been my rule of expectation and it has usually brought me success.
 
* '''Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species.'''
 
* The great mass of society are far from being depraved; for if a large majority were criminal or inclined to break the laws, where would the force or power be to prevent or constrain them? And herein is the real blessing of civilization, because this happy result has its origin in her bosom, growing out of her very nature.
 
* '''Imagination governs the world.'''
 
* What are we? What is the future? What is the past? What magic fluid envelops us and hides from us the things it is most important for us to know? '''We are born, we live, and we die in the midst of the marvelous.'''
 
* To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, would be to be a god.
 
* Man achieves in life only by commanding the capabilities nature has given him, or by creating them within himself by education and by knowing how to profit by the difficulties encountered.
 
* It is a mistake, too, to say that the face is the mirror of the soul. '''The truth is, men are very hard to know, and yet, not to be deceived, we must judge them by their present actions, but for the present only.'''
 
* One is more certain to influence men, to produce more effect on them, by absurdities than by sensible ideas.
 
* It is not true that men never change; they change for the worse, as well as for the better. It is not true they are ungrateful; more often the benefactor rates his favors higher than their worth; and often too he does not allow for circumstances. If few men have the moral force to resist impulses, most men do carry within themselves the germs of virtues as well as of vices, of heroism as well as of cowardice. Such is human nature — education and circumstances do the rest.
 
* '''Ordinarily men exercise their memory much more than their judgment.'''
 
* '''There is nothing so imperious as feebleness which feels itself supported by force.'''
 
* True character stands the test of emergencies. Do not be mistaken, it is weakness from which the awakening is rude.
 
* How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.
 
* '''The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself.'''
 
* Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.
 
* One must learn to forgive and not to hold a hostile, bitter attitude of mind, which offends those about us and prevents us from enjoying ourselves; one must recognize human shortcomings and adjust himself to them rather than to be constantly finding fault with them.
 
* '''It is not necessary to prohibit or encourage oddities of conduct which are not harmful.'''
 
* The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
 
 
* In love the only safety is in flight.
 
* I do not believe it is in our nature to love impartially. We deceive ourselves when we think we can love two beings, even our own children, equally. There is always a dominant affection.
 
 
* '''In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power.''' The unwise destroy themselves in resistance. The skillful accept events, take strong hold of them and direct them.
 
* It is only with prudence, sagacity, and much dexterity that great aims are accomplished, and all obstacles surmounted. Otherwise nothing is accomplished.
 
* The great difficulty with politics is, that there are no established principles.
 
* The truth is that one ought to serve his people worthily, and not strive solely to please them. The best way to gain a people is to do that which is best for them. Nothing is more dangerous than to flatter a people. If it does not get what it wants immediately, it is irritated and thinks that promises have not been kept; and if then it is resisted, it hates so much the more as it feels itself deceived.
 
* '''Lead the ideas of your time and they will accompany and support you; fall behind them and they drag you along with them; oppose them and they will overwhelm you.'''
 
* There is no such thing as an absolute despotism; it is only relative. A man cannot wholly free himself from obligation to his fellows. A sultan who cut off heads from caprice, would quickly lose his own in the same way. Excesses tend to check themselves by reason of their own violence. What the ocean gains in one place it loses in another.
 
* We are made weak both by idleness and distrust of ourselves. Unfortunate, indeed, is he who suffers from both. If he is a mere individual he becomes nothing; if he is a king he is lost.
 
* A prince should suspect everything.
 
* '''In politics, an absurdity is not an impediment.'''
 
* The most difficult art is not in the choice of men, but in giving to the men chosen the highest service of which they are capable.
 
* Posterity alone rightly judges kings. Posterity alone has the right to accord or withhold honors.
 
* Obedience to public authority ought not to be based either on ignorance or stupidity.
 
* '''The laws of circumstance are abolished by new circumstances.'''
 
* Some revolutions are inevitable. There are moral eruptions, just as the outbreak of volcanoes are physical eruptions. When the chemical combinations which produce them are complete, the volcanic eruptions burst forth, just as revolutions do when the moral factors are in the right state. In order to foresee them the trend of ideas must be understandingly observed.
 
* '''One can lead a nation only by helping it see a bright outlook. A leader is a dealer in hope.'''
 
* It is rare that a legislature reasons. It is too quickly impassioned.
 
* '''Parties weaken themselves by their fear of capable men.'''
 
* Democracy may become frenzied, but it has feelings and can be moved. As for aristocracy, it is always cold and never forgives.
 
* '''We frustrate many designs against us by pretending not to see them.'''
 
* To listen to the interests of all, marks an ordinary government; to foresee them, marks a great government.
 
* Peace ought to be the result of a system well considered, founded on the true interests of the different countries, honorable to each, and ought not to be either a capitulation or the result of a threat.
 
 
* A book in which there were no lies would be a curiosity.
 
* All men of genius, and all those who have gained rank in the republic of letters, are brothers, whatever may be the land of their nativity.
 
* It must be recognized that the real truths of history are hard to discover. Happily, for the most part, they are rather matters of curiosity than of real importance.
 
* '''[[Dante]] has not deigned to take his inspiration from any other. He has wished to be himself, himself alone; in a word, to create.''' He has occupied a vast space, and has filled it with the superiority of a sublime mind. He is diverse, strong, and gracious. He has imagination, warmth, and enthusiasm. He makes his reader tremble, shed tears, feel the thrill of honor in a way that is the height of art. Severe and menacing, he has terrible imprecations for crime, scourgings for vice, sorrow for misfortune. As a citizen, affected by the laws of the republic, he thunders against its oppressors, but he is always ready to excuse his native city, Florence is ever to him his sweet, beloved country, dear to his heart. I am envious for my dear France, that she has never produced a rival to Dante; that this Colossus has not had his equal among us. No, there is no reputation which can be compared to his.
 
* The division of labor, which has brought such perfection in mechanical industries, is altogether fatal when applied to productions of the mind. All work of the mind is superior in proportion as the mind that produces it is universal.
 
 
* Laws which are consistent in theory often prove chaotic in practice.
 
* In practical administration, experience is everything.
 
 
* Aristocracy is the spirit of the Old Testament, democracy of the New.
 
* The existence of God is attested by everything that appeals to our imagination. And if our eye cannot reach Him it is because He has not permitted our intelligence to go so far.
 
* [[Jesus]] Christ was the greatest republican.
 
* Charity and alms are recommended in every chapter of the ''[[Qur'an|Koran]]'' as being the most acceptable services, both to God and the Prophet.
 
* The religious zeal which animates priests, leads them to undertake labors and to brave perils which would be far beyond the powers of one in secular employment.
 
* '''Conscience is the most sacred thing among men.''' Every man has within him a still small voice, which tells him that nothing on earth can oblige him to believe that which he does not believe. The worst of all tyrannies is that which obliges eighteen-twentieths of a nation to embrace a religion contrary to their beliefs, under penalty of being denied their rights as citizens and of owning property, which, in effect, is the same thing as being without a country.
 
* Fanaticism must be put to sleep before it can be eradicated.
 
* Policemen and prisons ought never to be the means used to bring men back to the practice of religion.
 
* You cannot drag a man's conscience before any tribunal, and no one is answerable for his religious opinions to any power on earth.
 
* The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests.
 
* I do not see in religion the mystery of the incarnation so much as the mystery of the social order. It introduces into the thought of heaven an idea of equalization, which saves the rich from being massacred by the poor.
** Often paraphrased as “Religion keeps the poor from killing the rich.”
 
* Man loves the marvelous. It has an irresistible charm for him. He is always ready to leave that with which he is familiar to pursue vain inventions. He lends himself to his own deception.
 
* '''Our credulity is a part of the imperfection of our natures. It is inherent in us to desire to generalize, when we ought, on the contrary, to guard ourselves very carefully from this tendency.'''
 
 
* '''A general must be a charlatan.'''
 
* Unhappy the general who comes on the field of battle with a system.
 
* '''It is often in the audacity, in the steadfastness, of the general that the safety and the conservation of his men is found.'''
 
* The military principles of [[Julius Caesar|Caesar]] were those of [[Hannibal]], and those of Hannibal were those of [[Alexander the Great|Alexander]] — to hold his forces in hand, not to be vulnerable at any point, to throw all his forces with rapidity on any given point.
 
* '''An army which cannot be reenforced is already defeated. '''
 
* A commander in chief ought to say to himself several times a day: If the enemy should appear on my front, on my right, on my left, what would I do? And if the question finds him uncertain, he is not well placed, he is not as he should be, and he should remedy it.
 
* The moment of greatest peril is the moment of victory.
 
* '''At the beginning of a campaign it is important to consider whether or not to move forward; but when one has taken the offensive it is necessary to maintain it to the last extremity.''' However skilfully effected a retreat may be, it always lessens the morale of an army, since in losing the chances of success, they are remitted to the enemy. A retreat, moreover, costs much more in men and materials than the bloodiest engagements, with this difference, also, that in a battle the enemy loses practically as much as you do; while in a retreat you lose and he does not.
 
* Changing from the defensive to the offensive, is one of the most delicate operations in war.
 
* An army ought to be ready every moment to offer all the resistance of which it is capable.
 
* Never march by flank in front of an army in position. This principle is absolute.
 
* '''In a battle, as in a siege, the art consists in concentrating very heavy fire on a particular point.''' The line of battle once established, the one who has the ability to concentrate an unlooked for mass of artillery suddenly and unexpectedly on one of these points is sure to carry the day.
 
* '''There is a joy in danger.'''
 
* War is a serious game in which a man risks his reputation, his troops, and his country. A sensible man will search himself to know whether or not he is fitted for the trade.
 
* '''There is only one favorable moment in war; talent consists in knowing how to seize it.'''
 
* He who cannot look over a battlefield with a dry eye, causes the death of many men uselessly.
 
* In war, theory is all right so far as general principles are concerned; but in reducing general principles to practice there will always be danger. Theory and practice are the axis about which the sphere of accomplishment revolves.
 
* '''The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.'''
 
* The art of war consists in being always able, even with an inferior army, to have stronger forces than the enemy at the point of attack or the point which is attacked.
 
* The praises of enemies are always to be suspected. A man of honor will not permit himself to be flattered by them, except when they are given after the cessation of hostilities.
 
* '''The most desirable quality in a soldier is constancy in the support of fatigue; valor is only secondary.'''
 
* Policy and morals concur in repressing pillage.
 
* Gentleness, good treatment, honor the victor and dishonor the vanquished, who should remain aloof and owe nothing to pity — In war, audacity is the finest calculation of genius.
 
* In civil war it is not given to every man to know how to conduct himself. There is something more than military prudence necessary; there is need of sagacity and the knowledge of men.
 
* '''Nothing is so contrary to military rules as to make the strength of your army known, either in the orders of the day, in proclamations, or in the newspapers.'''
 
* War is a lottery in which nations ought to risk nothing but small amounts.
 
* [[w:Achilles|Achilles]] was the son of a goddess and of a mortal; in that, he is the image of the genius of war. The divine part is all that that is derived from moral considerations of character, talent, the interest of your adversary, of opinion, of the temper of the soldier, which is strong and victorious, or feeble and beaten, according as he believes this divine part to be. The mortal part is the arms, the fortifications, the order of battle — everything which arises out of material things.
 
* '''Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.'''
 
* In war one must lean on an obstacle in order to overcome it.
 
* In war, character and opinion make more than half of the reality.
 
* That dependable courage, which in spite of the most sudden circumstances, nevertheless allows freedom of mind, of judgment and of decision, is exceedingly rare.
 
* '''War is becoming an anachronism'''; if we have battled in every part of the continent it was because two opposing social orders were facing each other, the one which dates from 1789, and the old regime. They could not exist together; the younger devoured the other. I know very well, that, in the final reckoning, it was war that overthrew me, me the representative of the French Revolution, and the instrument of its principles. But no matter! The battle was lost for civilization, and civilization will inevitably take its revenge. There are two systems, the past and the future. The present is only a painful transition. Which must triumph? The future, will it not? Yes indeed, the future! That is, intelligence, industry, and peace. The past was brute force, privilege, and ignorance. Each of our victories was a triumph for the ideas of the Revolution. '''Victories will be won, one of these days, without cannon, and without bayonets.'''
 
* '''It is not that addresses at the opening of a battle make the soldiers brave. The old veterans scarcely hear them, and recruits forget them at the first boom of the cannon.''' Their usefulness lies in their effect on the course of the campaign, in neutralizing rumors and false reports, in maintaining a good spirit in the camp, and in furnishing matter for camp-fire talk. The printed order of the day should fulfill these different ends.
 
* What are the conditions that make for the superiority of an army? Its internal organization, military habits in officers and men, the confidence of each in themselves; that is to say, bravery, patience, and all that is contained in the idea of moral means.
 
* '''The issue of a battle is the result of an instant, of a thought.''' There is the advance, with its various combinations, the battle is joined, the struggle goes on a certain time, the decisive moment presents itself, a spark of genius discloses it, and the smallest body of reserves accomplish victory.
 
* '''In war, groping tactics, half-way measures, lose everything.'''
 
* '''A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.'''
 
* To plan to reserve cavalry for the finish of the battle, is to have no conception of the power of combined infantry and cavalry charges, either for attack or for defense.
 
* The general of the sea has need of only one science, that of navigation. The one on land has need of all, or of a talent which is the equivalent of all, that will enable him to profit by all experience, and all knowledge. A general of the sea has nothing to divine. He knows where his enemy is, he knows his strength. A general on land never knows anything with certainty, never sees his enemy well, and never knows positively where he is.
 
* '''In order not to be astonished at obtaining victories, one ought not to think only of defeats.'''
 
* In war, luck is half in everything.
 
* '''My most splendid campaign was that of March 20; not a single shot was fired.'''
 
 
* In France, only the impossible is admired.
 
* The sentiment of national honor is never more than half extinguished in the French. It takes only a spark to re-kindle it.
 
* France will always be a great nation.
 
* The Turks can be killed, but they can never be conquered.
 
* Europe is a molehill. It has never had any great empires, like those of the Orient, numbering six hundred million souls.
 
* Europe has its history, often tragic, though at intervals consoling. But to speak of any universally recognized national rights or that these rights have played any part in its history, is to play with the powers of public credulity. Always the first duty of a state has been its safety; the pledge of its safety, its power; and the limits of its power, that intelligence of which each has been made the depository. When the great powers have proclaimed any other principle, it has been only for their own purposes, and the smaller powers have never received any benefit from it.
 
* '''Each state claims the right to control interests foreign to itself when those interests are such that it can control them without putting its own interests in danger. ... other powers only recognize this right of intervening in proportion as the country doing it has the power to do it.'''
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* Engkau tidak perlu takut kematian; lawanlah ia, dan engkau akan mengusirnya ke barisan musuh.
** As quoted in ''Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources'' (1899) by Rev. James Wood, p. &nbsp;567
 
* Moralitas tidak ada hubungannya dengan seorang seperti diriku.
** As quoted in ''The Story of World Progress'' (1922) by Willis Mason West, p. &nbsp;433
 
* Waterloo akan menghapus kenangan terhadap empat puluh kemenanganku; tetapi apa yang tidak bisa dihapuskan adalah Kode Sipilku. Itu akan tetap selamanya.
** As quoted in ''The Story of World Progress'' (1922) by Willis Mason West, p. &nbsp;437
 
* ''Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours.''
** Sketsa yang bagus jauh lebih baik daripada pidato yang panjang.
*** Quoted in ''L'Arche de Noé'' (1968) by Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, p. &nbsp;48;
 
* Kemampuan bukanlah apa-apa tanpa kesempatan.
** As quoted in ''Have You Ever Noticed? : The Wit and Irony of Every Day Life'' (1985) by Joe Moore
 
* ''La main qui donne est au-dessus de celle qui reçoit.''
** Tangan yang memberi lebih baik daripada tangan yang mengambil.
** according to Lucian S. Regenbogen, ''Napoléon a dit : aphorismes, citations et opinions'', p. &nbsp;82.
 
* Uang tidak memiliki tanah air; petugas keuangan tidak memiliki patriotisme dan tanpa malu; tujuan satu-satunya mereka adalah keuntungan.
** Attributed in ''Monarchy or Money Power'' (1933), by R. McNair Wilson. No primary source for this is known.
 
* Jangan pernah menyela musuhmu ketika ia sedang melakukan kesalahan.
** As quoted in ''The Military Quotation Book'' (2002) by James Charlton, p. &nbsp;93
 
* Saya adalah instrumen providensia; ia akan menggunakan saya sejauh yang ia suka untuk melakukan rencananya, kemudian ia akan memecahkan saya seperti gelas.
** As quoted in ''The Linguist and the Emperor : Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone'' (2004) by Daniel Meyerson
 
* Kalau saja saya berhasil, saya akan menjadi orang terbesar dalam sejarah.
** As quoted in ''The Tyrants : 2500 Years of Absolute Power and Corruption'' (2006) by Clive Foss <small> ISBN 1905204965</small>
Ditulis ketika ia dalam pembuangan di St. Helena. (Catatan: Napoleon bukanlah orang Kristen, menurut perkataannya sendiri, ia adalah seorang "deis dengan hormat dan kecintaan yang terpaksa terhadap Katolisisme"<ref>{{cite web|url=http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Page:Revue_des_Deux_Mondes_-_1867_-_tome_71.djvu/386 |title=Revue des Deux Mondes&nbsp;– 1867&nbsp;– tome 71, p.386 |language={{fr icon}} |publisher=Fr.wikisource.org |accessdate=15 June 2011}}</ref>)
 
"Penakluk yang mengagumkan!--penakluk yang menguasai kemanusiaan menurut kehendaknya, dan tidak hanya memenangkan baginya sebuah bangsa, melainkan seluruh ras manusia. Betapa ajaib! Seluruh jiwa manusia ditaruhnya pada dirinya sendiri. Bagaimana mungkin? Dengan sebuah mukjizat yang jauh melampaui semuanya. Ia mengklaim kasih manusia--halmanusia—hal yang paling sulit diperoleh di dunia ini; yang tidak dapat diminta secara paksa oleh orang paling bijak kepada teman terbaiknya sekalipun, yang tidak dapat diperoleh secara paksa oleh seorang ayah dari anaknya sekalipun, maupun oleh seorang istri dari suaminya, seorang manusia dari saudaranya--hatisaudaranya—hati manusia. Ia mengklaimnya; ia memintanya secara absolut dan tanpa terbagi, dan ia mendapatkannya saat itu juga.
 
Alexander, Caesar, Hannibal, Louis XIV berjuang mati-matian tanpa hasil untuk mendapatkannya. Mereka menaklukkan dunia, tetapi mereka tidak memiliki seorang sahabat pun. Namun begitu Kristus mulai berkata-kata, sejak saat itu semua generasi menjadi miliknya; dan mereka bergabung dengannya lebih dekat daripada semua hubungan darah dan lebih intim, suci, dan penuh kuasa. Ia menyalakan api cinta yang membuat cinta seseorang terhadap diri sendiri memudar, dan mengalahkan segala jenis cinta yang lain. Mengapa kita tidak mengakui keajaiban kasih ini sebagai Firman yang menciptakan dunia? Pendiri agama yang lain tidak memiliki konsep terkecil dari kasih mistis yang menjadi inti dari kekristenan ini.
[Setelah argumen panjang tentang paganisme dan sistem Lycurgus dan Konfusius, sang Kaisar mengatakan:]
 
"Tidak demikian halnya dengan Kristus. Semua tentangnya membuat saya tertegun: semangatnya jauh lebih tinggi di atas saya, dan kemauannya membingungkan saya. Di antara dia dan semua manusia yang lain tidak ada perbandingan yang dapat dilakukan. Ia adalah sosok yang jauh berbeda dari semua orang yang lain. Pikiran-pikiran dan sentimennya, kebenaran yang dikatakannya, caranya meyakinkan orang lain, tidak dapat dijelaskan baik oleh organisasi yang dibuat oleh manusia maupun oleh natur dunia ini. Kelahiran dan sejarah kehidupannya, kejeniusan dogmanya, yang menyentuh semua permasalahan yang paling tinggi, namun memberikan solusi yang paling terpuji, Injilnya, singularitas sosok yang misterius ini, penampakannya, kerajaannya, gerakannya yang muncul di sepanjang abad dan tempat--semuanyatempat—semuanya bagi saya adalah sebuah tanda ajaib, misteri yang tak terselami yang menenggelamkan saya dalam lamunan yang tidak dapat saya hapuskan, misteri di bawah mata saya yang tidak dapat saya sangkal maupun saya jelaskan. Saya tidak melihat hal yang manusiawi dalam hal ini. ... Bangsa-bangsa musnah, takhta-takhta kerajaan jatuh, namun hanya Gereja yang bertahan ...
 
Saya telah mengisi banyak orang dengan devosi yang berapi-api sehingga mereka rela mati untuk saya. Tentu saja saya memiliki rahasia kuasa magis yang dapat menaikkan semangat orang lain; tetapi saya tidak dapat menjelaskannya kepada siapa pun; tidak ada seorang pun jenderal saya yang telah menerima atau memperoleh hal itu dari saya; saya juga tidak memiliki rahasia untuk mengekalkan nama saya dan cinta kepada saya di dalam hati orang lain, dan melakukan mukjizat tanpa cara-cara material.
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