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Napoleon Bonaparte

1769 – 1821 CE

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)
Called by historians everything from a megalomaniac worse than Hitler to an enlightened monarch responsible for creating some of the best political and legal systems in the modern world; Napoleon became a French general when only 24, a national hero at 26, and – attributing his success to meditation - one of the most successful commanders in all of history. Father of the European common market, his Napoleonic Code became a foundation for legal systems used today by 1/4 of the world's population, 70+ countries in Europe, the Americas and Africa. Inspired by the liberal vision of the French Revolution, he helped end feudalism, encouraged science and the arts, institutionalized equality before the law, property and religious rights, meritocracy, and our modern educational system. Excommunicated by the Catholic Church, he abolished the Spanish Inquisition and emancipated from ghettos Jews and Protestants in Catholic countries, Catholics and Jews in Protestant countries.

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Maxims (1804-15)

Maxims, 1804

Quotes by Napoleon Bonaparte (31 quotes)

“Strategy is the art of making use of time and space.”

Themes: Strategy Time

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“I may lose a battle but I shall never lose a minute.”

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“As soon as the breach is made, the equilibrium is broken and the rest is nothing.”

Themes: Continuity

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“Imagination rules the world.”

Themes: Imagination

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“I meditate a great deal. If I seem equal to the occasion and ready to face it when it comes, it is because I have thought the matter over a long time before undertaking it.”

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“I was never in truth my own master; I was always governed by circumstance.”

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“It is only a small step from victory to disaster.”

Themes: Victory

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“when you bring bad news, rouse me instantly for then there is not a moment to lose!”

Themes: Skillful Means

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“Religion saves the rich from being massacred by the poor.”

Themes: Religion Poverty

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“Marriage should be forbidden to individuals who have known each other less than 6 months.”

Themes: Marriage

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“Democracy is a game used by the strong to conceal their oligarchic rule.”

Themes: Democracy

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“Revolution is one of the greatest evils by which mankind can be visited.. all the advantages which it procures cannot make amends for the misery with which it embitters the lives of those who take part in it.”

Themes: Revolution

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“I am the greatest slave among men; my master is the nature of things.”

Themes: Slavery True Self

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“communal interest is inherently sleepy and unproductive... a matter of public spirit which is rare.”

Themes: Socialism

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“finances founded upon a good system of agriculture never fail.”

Themes: Agriculture

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“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”

Themes: History

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“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

Themes: Success

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“Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.”

Themes: Music

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“A true man hates no one.”

Themes: Hate

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“Etiquette is the prison of kings.”

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“That woman teaches people to think who never took to it before, or have forgotten how.”

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“There is one kind of robber who the law does not strike and who steals what is most precious: time.”

from Maxims, 1804

Themes: Time

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“When people cease to complain, they cease to think.”

from Maxims

Themes: Complaint

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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.”

Themes: Ambition

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“The principles of war are the same as those of a siege. Fire must be concentrated on a single point and as soon as the breach is made, the equilibrium is broken and the rest is nothing.”

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“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”

Themes: Family Books

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“Revolutions are like the most noxious dung heaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.”

Themes: Revolution

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“May my son study history for it is the only true philosophy and the only true psychology.”

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“The hand that gives is among the hand that takes. Money has no fatherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain.”

Themes: Capitalism Money

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“History is the only true philosophy and the only true psychology.”

Themes: History

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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.”

from Maxims (1804-15)

Themes: Discipline

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Quotes about Napoleon Bonaparte (9 quotes)

“Napoleon's dream of a continental system makes him father of the European Common Market... Where his armies went, right-hand driving has remained... He never got to England and they still drive on the left-hand side.”

Marshall McLuhan 1911 – 1980 CE
from War and Peace in the Global Village

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“Perhaps Napoleon felt a certain sympathy for the semi-literate, since he was semi-literate himself. He was unable to spell or write correctly in any language. His culture was totally unacceptable to the establishment.”

Marshall McLuhan 1911 – 1980 CE
from War and Peace in the Global Village

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“Few great men have remained, after death, what they had been during their lives... Napoleon had served to embody his country's need for order after a riot of freedom... a dictator almost larger than history... he became after his death... mouthpiece of the recurrent cry for liberty... the most persuasive apostle of freedom.”

Will (and Ariel) Durant 1885 – 1981 CE
from Age of Napoleon

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“Whose game was empires and whose stakes were thrones,
Whose table earth, whose dice were human bones.”

Lord Byron 1788 – 1824 CE
(George Gordon Byron)
The first rock-star style celebrity
from Age OF Bronze

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“Napoleon is the 19th century counterpart of Hitler in the 20th. Napoleon's ravaging of Europe was horrific.”

Joseph Campbell 1904 – 1987 CE
Great translator of ancient myth into modern symbols
from Power of Myth

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“Napoleon: the synthesis of brute and Superman.”

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900 CE
from Natural History of Morals

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“Was it possible that Napoleon should win the battle of Waterloo? No! Why? Because of Wellington? No! Because of God! It was time that this vast man should fall. He had been impeached before the Infinite! He had vexed God! Waterloo was not a battle. It was the change of front of the Universe!”

Victor Hugo 1802 – 1885 CE
Literary pioneer, poet, and social justice provocateur
from The Battle of Waterloo, 1878

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“Napoleon made fun of the British, calling them a nation of shopkeepers. Yet these shopkeepers defeated Napoleon himself, and their empire was the largest the world has ever seen.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from Sapiens

Themes: Business

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“He remains the outstanding figure of his time, with something noble about him that survives despite his selfishness in power... He thought we should not see his like for 500 years. We hope not; and yet it is good—and enough—to behold and suffer, once in a millennium, the power and limits of the human mind.”

Will (and Ariel) Durant 1885 – 1981 CE
from Age of Napoleon

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