11 Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) is known as both one of history’s most ruthless tyrants and one of its greatest military geniuses. Rising from meager beginnings, Bonaparte twice became absolute ruler of France. He pushed to expand his empire across Europe, bringing him into conflict with the other great powers. He very nearly subdued them and might have had he not blundered in an all-or-nothing campaign in Russia. Ultimately, the Russian winter decimated his armies and brought an end to his first rule.

You can read more about his life here.

Despite his negatives, it’s hard to argue with his amazing success. He fashioned himself a kind of philosopher. Following are 11 famous quotes from the French Emperor Napoleon.

  1. History is written by the victors.

  2. A leader is a dealer in hope.

  3. A picture is worth a thousand words.

  4. A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

  5. Ability is nothing without opportunity.

  6. All religions have been made by men.

  7. An army marches on its stomach.

  8. Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

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

  10. The word impossible is not in my dictionary.

  11. I feel myself driven towards an end that I do not know. As soon as I have reached it, as soon as I shall become unnecessary, an atom will suffice to shatter me. Until then, all the forces of mankind can do nothing to stop me.