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Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes


Napoleon BonaparteAmidst the upheaval of the French Revolution there were many opportunities for ambitious military and political leaders. Taking advantage of the turmoil he progressed rapidly through the chain of command and became a general at the relatively young age of 24. He was given the command of the army of Italy where he put down an insurgency and defeated the Austrians in his first military campaign. Further great military victories ensued culminating in the the Battle of Austerlitz where he defeated the Russians and the Austrians which led to the decline of Holy Roman Empire that had reigned for a millenia. Back in France he introduced the Napolenonic Code in 1804 that was a licence for meritocracy whereby all privilege by birth was removed and only the best qualified person could obtain government jobs. It also allowed freedom of religion although Catholicism still remained the state religion. His ambitions drove Napoleon to go too far with a setback against the British at the Battle Of Trafalgar in 1805 and his invasion of Russia in 1812 was a disaster that saw his army decimated. In 1814 Napoleon was exiled to the Mediterranean island of Elba where he was allowed to continue as its sovereign. It did not take long for him to organise the island by building roads, developing iron mines and improving the education and legal system on the island. He introduced modern agricultural practices and within a few months had established a small army and navy. Napoleon left Elba on a brig with 700 men and headed for France, he landed in southern France and headed to Paris. An army was sent by Louis XVIII to intercept and capture Napoleon but upon seeing their former commander they turned and joined Napoleon instead. They continued their march towards Paris and as word got around their numbers swelled organically. Napoleon arrived in Paris in March 1815 and by June his army grew to 200,000 while his European enemies were also forging alliances to defeat him once and for all. The stage was set and Napoleon decided to take the fight to them and the battle of Waterloo on the 15th June 1815 proved decisive and Napoleon was finally defeated. He was again exiled but this time to the windswept island of St Helena in the southern Atlantic Ocean which is over one thousand miles from the southern African continent. He spent the rest of his days here and died on 5th May 1821. Great statesmen and military leaders know how to inspire and get their meaning across and another of his legacies were great speeches and great one liners, so here is my compilation of 12 of the best Napoleon Bonaparte quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: NapolĂ©on Bonaparte
  • Born: 15th August 1769, Ajaccio, Corsica, France
  • Died: 5th May 1821, Longwood, Saint Helena
  • Occupation: Emperor and military general
  • Famous for: His military genius and organisational skills
  • Legacy: The Napoleonic code that is still used by many governments today as the basis for their civil code
  • Trivia: In order to gauge his popularity he would walk the streets of Paris dressed shabbily and ask people questions

"The worse the man, the better the soldier"

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"Vengeance is without foresight"

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"Act swiftly and vigorously, without 'buts' and 'ifs'..."

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"From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step"

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"The word impossible is not French"

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"Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men"

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"He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat"

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"Success is the most convincing talker in the world"

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"We are born, we live, and we die in the midst of the marvelous"

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"Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future"

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"In politics, an absurdity is not an impediment"

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"Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy"

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