158+ Best Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. Profoundly inspirational Napoleon Bonaparte quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Victory is not always winning the battle…but rising every time you fall. – Napoleon Bonaparte

If you build an army of 100 lions and their leader is a dog, in any fight, the lions will die like a dog. But if you build an army of 100 dogs and their leader is a lion, all dogs will fight as a lion. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay their hands on everything they can get. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Put your iron hand in a velvet glove. – Napoleon Bonaparte

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Imagination rules the world. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. – Napoleon Bonaparte

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Great men grow tired of contentedness. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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 principles which direct them. – Napoleon Bonaparte

How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares ‘God wills it thus.’ Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Men take only their needs into consideration – never their abilities. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The most dangerous moment comes with victory. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Leave the Artillerymen alone, they are an obstinate lot. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power. – Napoleon Bonaparte

On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Lead the ideas of your time and they will accompany and support you; fall behind them and they drag you along with them; oppose them and they will overwhelm you. – Napoleon Bonaparte

To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Chess is too difficult to be a game and not serious enough to be a science or an art. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A Government protected by foreigners will never be accepted by a free people. – Napoleon Bonaparte

It would be a joke if the conduct of the victor had to be justified to the vanquished. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. – Napoleon Bonaparte

You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy’s ranks. – Napoleon Bonaparte

It requires more courage to suffer than to die. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Generals who save troops for the next day are always beaten. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A true man hates no one. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Opportunities? I make opportunities. – Napoleon Bonaparte

From triumph to downfall there is but one step. I have noted that, in the most momentous occasions, mere nothings have always decided the outcome of the greatest events. – Napoleon Bonaparte

You can not lead a battle if you think you look silly on a horse. – Napoleon Bonaparte

We should always go before our enemies with confidence, otherwise our apparent uneasiness inspires them with greater boldness. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Whatever you ardently and passionately desire, that you obtain. – Napoleon Bonaparte

My mind is a chest of drawers. When I wish to deal with a subject, I shut all the drawers but the one in which the subject is to be found. When I am wearied, I shut all the drawers and go to sleep. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of a civilized, educated nation – Napoleon Bonaparte

Great men are never cruel without necessity. – Napoleon Bonaparte

When people cease to complain, they cease to think. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes. – Napoleon Bonaparte

In war, as in prostitution, amateurs are often better than professionals. – Napoleon Bonaparte

How many things apparently impossible have nevertheless been performed by resolute men who had no alternative but death. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness. – Napoleon Bonaparte

God is on the side with the best artillery – Napoleon Bonaparte

There is no place in a fanatic’s head where reason can enter. – Napoleon Bonaparte

An order that can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood. – Napoleon Bonaparte

No one but myself can be blamed for my fall. I have been my own greatest enemy-the cause of my own disastrous fate. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Envy is a declaration of inferiority. – Napoleon Bonaparte

If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The purpose of religion is to keep the poor from killing the rich. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The best way to make every one poor is to insist on equality of wealth. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The art of war is to gain time when your strength is inferior. – Napoleon Bonaparte

You don’t reason with intellectuals. You shoot them. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The only way to lead people is to show them a future: a leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Moses has revealed the existence of God to his nation. Jesus Christ to the Roman world, Muhammad to the old continent. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The world soffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people. – Napoleon Bonaparte

War is ninety percent information. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, and fools of the future. – Napoleon Bonaparte

You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A woman laughing is a woman conquered. – Napoleon Bonaparte

It is not necessary to bury the truth. It is sufficient merely to delay it until nobody cares. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Friends must always be treated as if one day they might be enemies. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The strong are good, only the weak are wicked. – Napoleon Bonaparte

After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it. – Napoleon Bonaparte

You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them – Napoleon Bonaparte

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. – Napoleon Bonaparte

There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight. – Napoleon Bonaparte

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. – Napoleon Bonaparte

What is history but a fable agreed upon? – Napoleon Bonaparte

One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I made all my generals out of mud. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment. – Napoleon Bonaparte

History is a set of lies agreed upon. – Napoleon Bonaparte

There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. – Napoleon Bonaparte

In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means. – Napoleon Bonaparte

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. – Napoleon Bonaparte

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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. – Napoleon Bonaparte

With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. – Napoleon Bonaparte

From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. – Napoleon Bonaparte

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Women are nothing but machines for producing children. – Napoleon Bonaparte

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I have only one counsel for you – be master. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague. – Napoleon Bonaparte

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets. – Napoleon Bonaparte

In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage. – Napoleon Bonaparte

One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The human race is governed by its imagination. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows. – Napoleon Bonaparte

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories. – Napoleon Bonaparte

If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god. – Napoleon Bonaparte

When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Ambition never is in a greater hurry than I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it. – Napoleon Bonaparte

France has more need of me than I have need of France. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The army is the true nobility of our country. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains. – Napoleon Bonaparte

To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god. – Napoleon Bonaparte

It is my wish that my ashes may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I have loved so well. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The battle of Austerlitz is the grandest of all I have fought. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest. – Napoleon Bonaparte

There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. – Napoleon Bonaparte

We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult. – Napoleon Bonaparte

What, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck; I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such nonsense. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The only conquests which are permanent and leave no regrets are our conquests over ourselves. – Napoleon Bonaparte

The only who is wiser than anyone is everyone. – Napoleon Bonaparte

When you can use the lightning it is better than cannon – Napoleon Bonaparte

There are two kinds of fidelity – that of dogs and that of cats; and you gentlemen, have the fidelity of cats who never leave the house – Napoleon Bonaparte

There are times when a battle decides everything, and there are times when the most insignificant thing can decide the outcome of a battle – Napoleon Bonaparte

Since the people eats every day, it should be allowed to work every day – Napoleon Bonaparte

Mon cher, you are a simpleton. You really don’t understand a thing. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Men of genius are meteors intended to burn to light their century. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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