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" Ambition never is in a greater hurry than I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking. "
" England is a nation of shopkeepers. "
" Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy. "
" The best way to keep one's word is not to give it. "
" 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. "
" There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. "
" Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. "
" Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. "
" The French complain of everything, and always. "
" We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him. "
" When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes. "
" A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. "
" Respect the burden. "
" A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. "
" There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous. "
" In politics stupidity is not a handicap. "
" If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. "
" Ability is nothing without opportunity. "
" Medicines are only fit for old people. "
" The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains. "
" 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. "
" Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals. "
" A leader is a dealer in hope. "
" I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne. "
" Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me. "
" 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. "
" In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage. "
" War is the business of barbarians. "
" One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent. "
" 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. "
" Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment. "