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"Napoleon is always right." - George Orwell

"Napoleon was Darwin on horseback." - Arthur Desmond

"Even Napoleon had his Watergate." - Yogi Berra

"Napoleon is dead - but Beethoven lives." - Bruno Walter

"'Napoleon Dynamite' blew up my career." - Efren Ramirez

"Napoleon never liked the word impossible; if he had liked it, he wouldn't be Napoleon!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Between Napoleon and his army, always choose Napoleon; because He can create another army, but his army cannot create a Napoleon!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Napoleon is pure cinema, and cinema was designed for sharing." - Kevin Brownlow

"My fame will outshine that of Victor Hugo or Napoleon" - Raymond Roussel

"Be thou a Napoleon - do not be a Christ." - Arthur Desmond

"'Napoleon' is pure cinema, and cinema was designed for sharing." - Kevin Brownlow

"If you ask me about Napoleon, I'll tell you about his relationship with sugar. And canning - thanks to Napoleon, we have canning." - Jose Andres Puerta

"Napoleon for the sake of a good name broke in pieces half the world." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Divine persons are character born, or, to borrow a phrase from Napoleon, they are victory organized." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Napoleon has humbugged me, by God; he has gained twenty-four hours' march on me." - Duke Of Wellington

"Not badly, considering I was seated between Jesus Christ and Napoleon." - David Lloyd

"Kissinger brought peace to Vietnam the same way Napoleon brought peace to Europe: by losing." - Joseph Heller

"I like France, where everybody thinks he's Napoleon-down here everybody thinks he's Christ." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Conquer land like Napoleon, military bomb fest We want sanitary food, planetary conquest" - U-God

"Ex-Professor Moriarty of mathematical celebrity... is the Napoleon of crime, Watson." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"Our prisons are full of people who think they're Napoleon..or God." - Ian Fleming

"Where Napoleon failed, I shall succeed, I shall land on the shores of Britain." - Adolf Hitler

"[Napoleon] swept away everywhere the establishments of feudality. ... [He was] Caesar himself." - Karl Marx

"[Napoleon deployed] every available resource to inflict all-out defeats on [his] enemies." - Steven Pinker

"Napoleon has humbugged me, by God; he has gained twenty-four hours' march on me." - Arthur Wellesley

"You're the top! You're Mahatma Gandhi. You're the top! You're Napoleon brandy." - Cole Porter

"Not badly, considering I was seated between Jesus Christ and Napoleon." - David Lloyd George

"The history of Napoleon now becomes, for 12 momentous years, the history of mankind." - John Holland Rose

"All I did was basically play myself in the role of Napoleon Solo." - Robert Vaughn

"Only Napoleon did more than I have done. But I am definitely taller." - Silvio Berlusconi

"Napoleon wanted his generals to be lucky. I don't think he would have worked with me." - Graham Taylor

"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs." - Aldous Huxley

"We need a Napoleon. An Alexander. Except that Napoleon lost in the end, and Alexander flamed out and died young. We need a Julius Caesar, except that he made himself a dictator, and died for it." - Orson Scott Card

"Hitler's historical hero had always been Frederick the Great. [Later], under Goebbels' prompting ... Napoleon emerged ... as his model. .... Frederick the Great was a man who knew when to stop [and] Napoleon did not." - Ernst Hanfstaengl

"Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed." - Bertrand Russell

"I got a dog with a Napoleon complex. I have a Napoleon complex. We're small. Anything big that we feel is threatening us, we want to fight. We're not a pushover." - Kevin Hart

"[On Napoleon assuming power in France:] The time of Fable is over, the time of History has begun." - Josephine de Beauharnais

"Napoleon was indeed the man sent by God to help the youth of France! Who is to take his place?" - Stendhal

"You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia." - Cassandra Clare

"He looked up at them, a scruffy Napoleon with his laces trailing, exiled to a rose-trellised Elba." - Terry Pratchett

"Political scientists have often described Gaullism as a sort of Bonapartism. I myself have occasionally compared Sarkozy to Napoleon Bonaparte." - Max Gallo

"The greatness of action includes immoral as well as moral greatness - Cortes and Napoleon, as well as Luther and Washington." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"People have said I have a Napoleon complex. But I've always had to fight for everything that I have." - Chris Paul

"The greatness of action includes immoral as well as moral greatness-Cortes and Napoleon, as well as Luther and Washington." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"[On Napoleon:] One has the impression of an imperious wind blowing about one's ears when one is near that man." - Madame De Stael

"Do you know how short you have to be to have a Napoleon complex in North Korea?" - Greg Giraldo

"Napoleon was asked, "Who do you consider to be the greatest generals?" He responded saying, "The victors." - Donald Rumsfeld

"Napoleon was the best method. Dissolved all representative institutions and it decided who should rule the state with him." - Mao Zedong

"Nothing is so discouraging to subordinates as a chief who hesitates. Firmness, said Napoleon, prevails in all things." - Andre Maurois

"Napoleon could never imagine that some people loved their country as much as he loved his own." - David Mccullough

"One always abandons something in retreat. Look at Napoleon at the Beresina! He abandoned his whole army." - George Orwell

"Let no one refer to the sword of Napoleon I as the instrument of progress and civilization!" - Elie Ducommun

"I just did an ad with Microsoft. I'm dressed as Napoleon, and I get to slap Bill Gates." - Jon Heder

"I used to say of Napoleon that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men." - Duke Of Wellington

"Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To some it is Napoleon, to some it is a philosophical struggle, to me it is allegro con brio." - Arturo Toscanini

"I get more people approaching me about how good I was in 'Napoleon Dynamite' than being in Coldplay." - Chris Martin

"Active people don't change the world profoundly; ideas do. Napoleon is less important in world history than Jean-Jacques Rousseau." - Michel Houellebecq

"It had become usual to give Napoleon the Credit for every Successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another, "Under the guidance of our leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days" or two cows, enjoying a drink at the pool, would exclaim, "thanks to the leadership of Comrade Napoleon, how excellent this water tastes!"..." - George Orwell

"Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"[On Napoleon:] The Emperor is too grand for anybody to tell him the truth, everybody who surrounds him flatters him all day long." - Josephine de Beauharnais

"Imagine for a moment Napoleon I, to have borne the name of Jenkins, or Washington to have sustained the appellation of John Smith!" - Artemas Ward

"What can a mere French minister do when associated with Lloyd George, who thinks he is Napoleon, and Woodrow Wilson, who thinks he is Jesus Christ?" - Georges Clemenceau

"My first restoration was on Napoleon, trying to put the French version in with the English version, and it was most unsatisfactory." - Kevin Brownlow

"Talleyrand once said to the first Napoleon that the United States is a giant without bones. Since that time our gristle has been rapidly hardening." - James A Garfield

"The affirmative class monopolize the homage of mankind. They originate and execute all the great feats. What a force was coiled upin the skull of Napoleon!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Napoleon is a torrent which as yet we are unable to stem. Moscow will be the sponge that will suck him dry." - Mikhail Kutuzov

"A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon." - Victor Hugo

"So, if I ever played Napoleon it would be with an Italian accent. He was an outsider, which also interests me." - David Suchet

"Napoleon didn't take Moscow, the Nazis got within 21 miles in 1943, but in a war of a different kind, Team Canada conquered Moscow." - Dick Beddoes

"General Napoleon says that ability is of little account without opportunity. The opposite is also correct: Opportunity is of little account without ability." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"To the very last, he [Napoleon] had a kind of idea; that, namely, of la carriere ouverte aux talent - the tools to him that can handle them." - Walter Scott

"I know where there is more wisdom that is found in Napoleon, Voltaire, or all the ministers resent and to come - in public opinion." - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

"Imagine for a moment Napoleon I, to have borne the name of Jenkins, or Washington to have sustained the appellation of John Smith!" - Charles Farrar Browne

"Well, there it is. That's Jeeves. Where others merely smite the brow and clutch the hair, he acts. Napoleon was the same." - P G Wodehouse

"War as Napoleon knew it just not possible any more. However, we're very unlikely to accept or recognize "world peace" even when we get it." - Bruce Sterling

"To Napoleon on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God: Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis." - Pierre-Simon Laplace

"To the very last, he [Napoleon] had a kind of idea; that, namely, of la carriere ouverte aux talents, - the tools to him that can handle them." - John Keats

"I'd like to believe there's a little of Hitler and Napoleon in me. Even if I try, I can't be as selfless as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa." - Shahrukh Khan

"The monster has escaped Elba!" "The tyrant has landed at Cannes!" "Bonaparte meets the troops." "Napoleon approaches Paris." "His Imperial Majesty has entered the capital." - David Frum

"Besides, isn't it confoundedly easy to think you're a great man if you aren't burdened with the slightest idea that Rembrandt, Beethoven, Dante or Napoleon ever lived?" - Stefan Zweig

"Napoleon Hill saw this law of transmutation as the seed of equivalent benefit: With every disappointment, heartbreak, or failure, there exists an equal (usually greater) positive benefit." - Napoleon Hill

"Leaders such as Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Franklin D. Roosevelt and others promulgated a vision and a moving story of how their people could achieve a great purpose." - Philip Kotler

"Napoleon once said that justice is the incarnation of God on Earth. I'm telling you: the reunification of Crimea and Russia is just." - Vladimir Putin

"Cruel war, war at home; and in the perspective distance, a man on horseback with a drawn sword in his hand, some Atlantic Caesar, or Cromwell, or Napoleon." - Caleb Cushing

"[Upon being told that Napoleon had died:] 'Sir, your bitterest enemy is dead.' 'Is she, by God!' said the tender husband." - George IV

"Napoleon is like a stormy torrent which we are as yet unable to stop. Moscow will be the sponge that will suck him in." - Mikhail I. Kutuzov

"NAPOLEON: What shall we do with this soldier, Giuseppe? Everything he says is wrong. GIUSEPPE: Make him a general, Excellency, and then everything he says will be right." - George Bernard Shaw

"Mike nodded. A sombre nod. The nod Napoleon might have given if somebody had met him in 1812 and said, "So, you're back from Moscow, eh?" - P G Wodehouse

"[Napoleon has now] surpassed...Alexander & Caesar, not to mention the great advantage he has over them in the Cause he fights in." - Charles James Fox

"At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since." - Salvador Dali

"Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones." - A J P Taylor

"I really like 'Passion of the Christ.' I like that movie. I also like 'We Were Soldiers,' and 'Braveheart.' And 'Napoleon Dynamite' - that movie was funny." - Luke Benward

"Some friends said they weren't surprised to find out Napoleon and I were related, but it came as quite a shock to me." - Tom Conti

"It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this." - Alexander Herzen

"Only to he avoid misunderstandings, I must say that even last year, when I wrote my pamphlet, I heartily wished that Prussia should declare war against Napoleon." - Ferdinand Lassalle

"I know where there is more wisdom than is found in Napoleon, Voltaire, or all the ministers present and to come - in public opinion." - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

"Maybe Napoleon was wrong when he said we were a nation of shopkeepers... Today England looked like a nation of goalkeepers." - Tom Stoppard

"The truth is very few of us are related to Napoleon or Cleopatra. Although, those are bad examples as I am actually descended from both of them." - Jim Piddock

"I don't want to do the nerdy, goofy guy again. That was really fitting for the 'Napoleon' world, but that's kind of where I want it to stay." - Aaron Ruell

"Napoleon was probably the equal at least of Washington in intellect, his superior in education. Both of them were successful in serving the state." - Matthew Simpson

"Washington and the elder Napoleon. Both were brave men; both were true men; both loved their country and dared to expose their lives for their country's cause." - Matthew Simpson

"War as Napoleon knew it just not possible any more. However, we're very unlikely to accept or recognize 'world peace' even when we get it." - Bruce Sterling

"I'm known for having crazy shoes. I have a total Napoleon complex - I'm only 5'4", and every heel I have is four inches or more." - Laura Wasser

"The idea that Arabia is best run by Arabs is no more palatable to Western leaders today than it was to Napoleon or Churchill." - Stephen Kinzer

"My first restoration was on 'Napoleon,' trying to put the French version in with the English version, and it was most unsatisfactory." - Kevin Brownlow

"Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it." - Ted Morgan

"I'm a little brother. I've always been small. People have said I have a Napoleon complex. But I've always had to fight for everything that I have." - Chris Paul

"How few successful men are interesting! Hannibal, Alcibiades, with Raleigh, Mithridates, and Napoleon, who would compare them for a moment with their mere conquerors?" - Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham

"There is no consensus even today on the merits of Napoleon - and certainly no agreement on the rights and wrongs of the origins of the First World War." - Douglas Hurd

"Suppose someone sits down where you are sitting right now and announces to me that he is Napoleon Bonaparte. The last thing I want to do with him is to get involved in a technical discussion of cavalry tactics at the Battle of Austerlitz. If I do that, I'm getting tacitly drawn into the game that he is Napoleon Bonaparte." - Robert Solow

"Napoleon: You have written this huge book on the system of the world without once mentioning the author of the universe. Laplace: Sire, I had no need of that hypothesis. Later when told by Napoleon about the incident, Lagrange commented: Ah, but that is a fine hypothesis. It explains so many things." - Pierre-Simon Laplace

"The new French theme park based on Napoleon is named Napoleon's Bivouac, and will honor Napoleon with rides, battle reenactments, and the brutal March on Moscow ride. That's a walk-in freezer you stand in for 18 months while you try to eat a dead horse." - Peter Sagal

"There is no more reason for a room on a stage to be a reproduction of an actual room than for an actor who plays the part of Napoleon to be Napoleon, or for an actor who plays Death in the old morality play to be dead." - Robert Edmond Jones

"That was after Napoleon died because there is still a controversy as to whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic. And the French say the British did it and the British say the French did it, but he died before the test for arsenic was available." - Michael Baden

"Napoleon the Third was not much. He died in England, and was buried in a country church-yard much the same as Kiltartan. But Napoleon the First was a great man; it was given out of him there never would be so great a man again." - Lady Gregory

"Friend of fatherless! Fountain of happiness! Lord of the swill-bucket! Oh, how my soul is on Fire when I gaze at thy Calm and commanding eye. Like the sun in the sky, Comrade Napoleon! Thou are the giver of All thy creatures love, Full belly twice a day, clean straw to roll upon; Every beast great or small, Sleeps at peace in his stall, Thou watchest over all, Comrade Napoleon! Had I a sucking-pig, Ere he had grown as big Even as a pint bottle or a a rolling-pin He should have learned to be Faithful and true to thee, Yes, his first squeak should be Comrade Napoleon!" - George Orwell

"The truth is that the fall of Napoleon is the hardest blow that our taxing system ever felt. It is now impossible to make people believe that immense fleets and armies are necessary." - William Cobbett

"Washington was a typical American. Napoleon was a typical Frenchman, but Lincoln was a humanitarian as broad as the world. He was bigger than his country - bigger than all the Presidents together." - Doris Kearns Goodwin

"America remained a land of promise for lovers of freedom. Even Byron, at a moment when he was disgusted with Napoleon for not committing suicide, wrote an eloquent stanza in praise of Washington." - Bertrand Russell

"Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, you all had great moments, but you never tasted the supreme triumph; you were never a farm boy riding in from the fields on a bulging rack of new-mown hay." - Grant Wood

"The structure of the Swiss ruling class is rock-hard, and unchanged since the time of Napoleon. They sit on their mountains and lecture the world on democracy. It's an unbelievable show of self-satisfaction and arrogance." - Jean Ziegler

"Your liberators tell you that that your suppressors are Wilhelm, Nikolaus, Pope Gregory the Twenty Eighth, Morgan, Krupp or Ford. And your liberators are called Mussolini, Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin. I tell you: Only you yourself can be your liberator!" - Wilhelm Reich

"Prime ministers require the hide of a rhinoceros, the morals of St. Francis, the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the leadership of Napoleon, the magnetism of a Beatle and the subtlety of Machiavelli." - Lester B Pearson

"All democracies turn into dictatorships - but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it's Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea ..." - George Lucas

"Pitt the Younger was a great British Prime Minister. He saved Europe from Napoleon, he was the pilot who weathered the storm. I don't know whether he'd have done it any better or quicker had he been married." - Edward Heath

"He thought of men like Hitler, Stalin, and Napoleon. All it took was a lot of seemingly decent people to put the wrong person in power and then fall under their spell." - Hugh Howey

"The Revolution's most important result was Napoleon, whose most important result (as France learned in 1871, and again in 1914, and again in 1940) was the invention of Germany" - George Will

"Lord Chatham and Napoleon were ns much actors as Garrick or Talma. Now, an imposing air should always be taken as evidence of imposition. Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"It was the German schoolhouse which destroyed Napoleon III. France, since then, is making monster cannon and drilling soldiers still, but she is also building schoolhouses. As long as war is possible, anything that makes better soldiers people want." - Henry Ward Beecher

"History is powerful stuff. One day your world is fine. The next day it's knocked for a metaphysical loop. Was Napoleon really at Waterloo? Would that change what I had for breakfast?" - Henry Bromell

"You don't believe that the Earth is round only if you're an astronaut. You don't believe Napoleon existed only if you're a historian. You believe these things because they're facts, proved by evidence." - Richard Dawkins

"Such instances of the almost infinite unpredictability of man are known to social scientists, but they are no more affected by them than the asylum inmate is by being told that he is not Napoleon." - Anthony Standen

"William R. Polk discusses the Spanish guerrilla war against Napoleon [ Bonaparte] and other cases where the conflict turns into a political war, and the invader, who usually has overwhelming power, loses because they can't fight the political war." - Noam Chomsky

"Your liberators tell you that that your suppressors are Wilhelm, Nikolaus, Pope Gregory the Twenty Eighth, Morgan, Krupp or Ford. And your liberators are called Mussolini, Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin. I tell you: Only you yourself can be your liberator!" - Wilhelm Reich

"Napoleon was twice defeated, and the Bourbons twice expelled. By repetition that which at first appeared merely a matter of chance and contingency, becomes a real and ratified existence." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"The Revolution's most important result was Napoleon, whose most important result (as France learned in 1871, and again in 1914, and again in 1940) was the invention of Germany." - George Will

"Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh genius. It is dangerous for an army to be led by veterans; for on the other side God may place Napoleon." - Sri Aurobindo

"Mick Jagger played the role in their lives that Napoleon played in the lives of ordinary young Frenchmen throughout the nineteenth century. Everyone else was so boring and unable to charm youthful passions." - Allan Bloom

"They say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known (I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone) Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!" - T S Eliot

"If there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin, whether with stars, or laws of supply and demand, or frogs, or Napoleon Bonaparte. One measures a circle, beginning anywhere." - Charles Fort

"In 1815, the official French newspaper Le Moniteur, showed its readers how to follow Napoleon's progress: 'The brigand flees from the island of Elba'; 'The usurper arrives at Grenoble'; ' Napoleon enters Lyons'; 'The Emperor reaches Paris this evening'." - Pope John Paul I

"Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods . . . there is no underlying loyalty to the idea of Europe" - Boris Johnson

"How often we recall with regret that Napoleon once shot at a magazine editor and missed him and killed a publisher. But we remember with charity that his intentions were good." - Mark Twain

"I like generals. I like Napoleon. I like strategy. The majority of them are praised for mass destruction, but it's exciting to see how it comes to the mind mentally." - Curtis Jackson

"You re-watch 'Napoleon Dynamite', and there's a lot of thrift shopping that goes on in that movie; there's a lot of funny stuff. It's definitely amusing, and paying 99 cents for a samurai sword is amazing." - Al Madrigal

"Europeans are forever the offspring of Machiavelli, trapped in a historical rollercoaster that can bring us a monarchy-toppling French Revolution and then a few years later Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor." - Loretta Napoleoni

"Women rule the world. It's not really worth fighting because they know what they're doing. Ask Napoleon. Ask Adam. Ask Richard Burton or Richie Sambora. Many a man has crumbled." - Jon Bon Jovi

"I will not become a Napoleon nor an Alexander, and labour for my own ambition; but I will labour for freedom and for the moral well-being of man." - Lajos Kossuth

"I was very short when I was little, so I probably had - and there may be a residue of it now - that Napoleon complex. Wanting to be as big and as powerful as the big guys." - Wesley Snipes



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