Napoleon Bonaparte was a military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution in the late 18th century. He was born on August 15, 1769, in Ajaccio, Corsica, which was then part of the Republic of Genoa. His parents were Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino, and he was the second of eight siblings.
At the age of nine, Napoleon was sent to France to attend school in Brienne-le-Château. He excelled academically and went on to study at the École Militaire in Paris, where he was trained as an artillery officer. After completing his education, he served in the French military and gained recognition for his tactical skills.
In 1799, Napoleon staged a coup d’état and became the First Consul of France, effectively making him the country’s leader. He went on to establish the Napoleonic Empire and embarked on a series of military campaigns that expanded France’s territory and influence across Europe.
Napoleon’s military prowess and leadership made him one of the most significant figures of his time. However, his ambitions eventually led to his downfall. In 1812, he invaded Russia but suffered a crushing defeat, which weakened his power. He was eventually exiled to the island of Elba in 1814, but he escaped and returned to France the following year. However, he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo and was exiled once again, this time to the remote island of Saint Helena, where he died on May 5, 1821.
Friends must always be treated as if one day they might be enemies.
Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there no longer any ‘if’ or ‘but.
If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
Men take only their needs into consideration.
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
God is on the side with the best artillery.
If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
To extraordinary circumstances we must apply extraordinary remedies.
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
Ambition never is in a greater hurry than I do; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious than to be able to decide.
You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss and failure into success.
The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, and fools of the future.
With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
A revolution is an idea that has found its bayonets
Respect the burden.
Death is nothing; but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one’s designs to one’s means.
Let the path be open to talent.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
We walk faster when we walk alone.
I have only one counsel for you – be master.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
Imagination rules the world.”
Ability is nothing without opportunity.
Nothing is more difficult and therefore more precious than to be able to decide.
Ability is of little account without opportunity.”
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it.
Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.
A true man hates no one.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
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.
You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success.
A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
Better to have an open enemy, than hidden friends.
Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the later than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.
A man is known by his conduct to his wife, to his family, and to those under him.
An order that can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood.
The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.
The only victory over love is flight.
Success is the most convincing talker in the world.
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
A woman laughing is a woman conquered.
Adversity is the midwife of genius
After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet.
Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.
Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.
Envy is a declaration of inferiority.
Every hour of lost time is a chance of future misfortune.
History is written by the winners.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself.
There is only one thing in this world, and that is to keep acquiring money and more money, power and more power. All the rest is meaningless.