Born Tuesday 15 August 1769, died Saturday 5 May 1821
I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.
Respect the burden.
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
The French complain of everything, and always.
Medicines are only fit for old people.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.
A Constitution should be short and obscure.
There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.
The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
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 army is the true nobility of our country.
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
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.