What a delightful thing rest is!—The bed has become a place of luxury to me.—I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
When I want any, good head work done; I always choose a man, if possible with a long nose.
You think you are too intelligent to believe in God.—I am not like you.—Not every one who wishes to be is an atheist.
The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes.
A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
Tragedy warms the soul, elevates the heart, and can and ought to create heroes. In this sense, perhaps, France owes a part of her great actions to Corneille.
Ability is of little account without opportunity.
Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there is no longer any ‘if’ or ‘but’.
I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.
Let the path be open to talent.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
Genuine victories, the sole conquests yielding no remorse, are those gained over ignorance
I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
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