Ability is of little account without opportunity.
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Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principals which direct them.
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I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.
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The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
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When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
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The torment of precautions often exceeds often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
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Chance is the providence of adventurers.
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Character is victory organized.
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Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
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You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war.
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The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
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The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.
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A Constitution should be short and obscure.
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If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
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I have only one counsel for you -- be master.
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The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
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Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
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It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
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The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
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You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
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Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
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Let the path be open to talent.
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Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
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My downfall raises me to infinite heights.
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There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.
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There are only two forces that unite men -- fear and interest.
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Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest
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He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
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A people which is able to say everything becomes able to do everything.
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The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
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I made all my generals out of mud.
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Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
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The art of government is not to let me grow stale.
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Public instruction should be the first object of government.
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Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.
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The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
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Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
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Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.
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True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
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From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
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We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
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The human race is governed by its imagination.
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Imagination rules the world.
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Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.
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The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
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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.
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A leader is a dealer in hope.
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When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
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Men are lead by trifles.
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Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack.
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An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood.
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The only victory over love is flight.
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There is no class of people so hard to manage in a state, as those whose intentions are honest, but whose consciences are bewitched.
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Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.
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It is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.
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The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
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Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
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Medicines are only fit for old people.
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Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which, taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind.
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When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
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A true man hates no one.
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Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
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There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear.
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Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement.
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The French complain of everything, and always.
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Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
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Occupation is the scythe of time.
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Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
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Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.
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Do you know what amazes me more than anything else? The impotence of force to organize anything.
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Who saves his country violates no law.
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If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.
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The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.
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In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
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In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.
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In politics, an absurdity in public business is going into it.
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The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
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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.
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Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
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Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
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If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
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The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
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Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
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When I want any, good head work done; I always choose a man, if possible with a long nose.
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Respect the burden.
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A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.
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Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
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With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.
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A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
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Secrets travel fast in Paris.
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There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
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One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
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A man's palate can, in time, become accustomed to anything.
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Truth alone wounds.
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The most insupportable of tyrannies is that of inferiors.
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Vengeance has no foresight.
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Victory belongs to the most persevering.
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The most dangerous moment comes with victory.
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The only one who is wiser than anyone is everyone.
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Bonaparte, Napoleon

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