Chance is the providence of adventurers.
America is a fortunate country; she grows by the follies of our European nations.
Even in war moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.
The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.
Un croquis vaut mieux qu
My dominion ends where that of conscience begins.
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
The torment of precautions often exceeds often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.
Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave.
The true wealth of a state consists in the number of its inhabitants, in their toil and industry.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
Topics: Christianity, Religion
Power is founded upon opinion.
Topics: Public opinion
When I was happy I thought I knew men, but it was fated that I should know them only in misfortune.
Glory is fleeting,
but obscurity is forever.
Revolutions are like the most noxious dung-heaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.
I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.
There is no place in a fanatic’s head where reason can enter.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.
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