Napoleon's Maxims & Quotes

On Greatness

  • Great men seldom fail in their most perilous enterprises.

  • A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated.

  • Great men, for good, or for bad, resemble each other. Thus it were no sophistry to say: that the soul of Cartouche had something of the Great Condé in it. The revolution produced all sorts of ambitious characters.

  • Great men are those who can subdue both good luck and fortune.

  • He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.

  • Better not to have been born than to live without glory.

  • All men are equal before God: wisdom, talents, and virtue are the only difference between them.


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