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Napoleon Bonaparte
1769 - 1821

Through his military exploits and his ruthless efficiency, Napoleon rose from obscure birth in Corsica to become Napoleon I, Emperor of France. He is both a historical figure and a legend -- and it is sometimes difficult to separate the two.

Courage is like love: it must have hope for nourishment.

1804 - from Maxims
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.

1804 - from Maxims
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

1815 - from Maxims
Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of defeating himself.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.

Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

Circumstances - what are circumstances? I make circumstances.

Treason is a matter of dates.

There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Dec. 1812 - attributed, after his retreat from Russia