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" Ability is nothing without opportunity. "
" Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy. "
" I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne. "
" Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals. "
" If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. "
" Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. "
" Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult. "
" Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. "
" The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. "
" Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows. "
" The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need. "
" War is the business of barbarians. "
" 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 principles which direct them. "
" The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind. "
" If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. "
" I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other. "
" A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories. "
" Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. "
" The army is the true nobility of our country. "
" The best way to keep one's word is not to give it. "
" An army marches on its stomach. "
" It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr. "
" The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely. "
" In politics stupidity is not a handicap. "
" In politics... never retreat, never retract... never admit a mistake. "
" There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest. "
" Ambition never is in a greater hurry than I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking. "
" Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment. "
" From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. "
" We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him. "
" I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up. "