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.
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.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
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.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
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.
Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
An army marches on its stomach.
In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake.
Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.
Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
Imagination rules the world.
A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight.
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.
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.
The army is the true nobility of our country.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.
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.
Women are nothing but machines for producing children.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
Ability is nothing without opportunity.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
I made all my generals out of mud.
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
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.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Medicines are only fit for old people.
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it.
With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
A true man hates no one.
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
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.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
The French complain of everything, and always.
The human race is governed by its imagination.
I have only one counsel for you - be master.
England is a nation of shopkeepers.
Let the path be open to talent.
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
Respect the burden.
Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
All religions have been made by men.
A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view.
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
A Constitution should be short and obscure.
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.