Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
I am a monarch of God 's creation, and you reptiles of the earth dare not oppose me. I render an account of my government to none save God and Jesus Christ .Napoleon BonaparteAddressing members of the Catholic clergy assembled during ‘Bonaparte's Conference with the Catholic and Protestant clergy at Breda,’ May 1, 1810 (originally reported in the Gazette of Dorpt), as quoted in The life of Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of the French: with a preliminary view of the French revolution, Sir Walter Scott, Philadelphia: Leary & Getz, 1857, p. 91Variant translation: God placed me on the throne, and you reptiles of the earth dare oppose me. I owe no account of my administration to the pope,— only to God and Jesus Christ.As quoted in The Christian Observer, Volume 10, 1861, p. 261
Unite for the public safety, if you would remain an independent nation.Napoleon BonaparteProclamation to the French People (22 June 1815)
Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze.Napoleon BonaparteStatement of 1812, quoted in Napoleon's Cavalry and its Leaders (1978) by David Johnson
A constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.Napoleon Bonapartep. 246 (Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848))
Hereditary succession to the magistracy is absurd, as it tends to make a property of it; it is incompatible with the sovereignty of the people.Napoleon Bonapartep. 246 (Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848))
Orders and decorations are necessary in order to dazzle the people.Napoleon Bonapartep. 248 (Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848))
Sometimes a great example is necessary to all the public functionaries of the state.Napoleon Bonapartep. 248 (Political Aphorisms, Moral and Philosophical Thoughts (1848))
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