Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Adversity is the midwife of genius.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Circumstances? I make circumstances!
Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities.
My motto has always been: a career open to all talents, without distinction of birth.
Men are moved by only two levers: fear and self interest.
Be successful! I judge men only by the results of their actions.
I like honest men of all colors.
I start out by believing the worst.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
The bullet that will kill me is not yet cast.
I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.
Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
God has given me the will and the force to overcome all obstacles.
If I had not been born Napoleon, I would have liked to have been born Alexander.
Imagination rules the world.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, and fools of the future.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.
What I did is immense. What I had decided to do, and what I had projected were still more so
The word 'impossible' is not in my dictionary.
I wished to found a European system, a European Code of Laws, a European judiciary; there would be but one people in Europe.
The French complain of everything, and always.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.
Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
I reign only through the fear I inspire.
I should have conquered the world.