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" Ability is nothing without opportunity. "
" Victory belongs to the most persevering. "
" From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. "
" It is my wish that my ashes may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I have loved so well. "
" A man cannot become an atheist merely by wishing it. "
" The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely. "
" Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. "
" Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. "
" Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. "
" Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. "
" Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. "
" 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. "
" To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god. "
" A celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view. "
" Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment. "
" There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit. "
" Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress. "
" War is the business of barbarians. "
" I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies. "
" The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man. "
" Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them. "
" All religions have been made by men. "
" A true man hates no one. "
" The truest wisdom is a resolute determination. "
" Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. "
" Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night. "
" Let the path be open to talent. "
" You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. "
" The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny. "
" The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue. "
" Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult. "