MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON



By Constant





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A sect cannot be destroyed by cannon-

balls



Ability in making it be supposed that

he really possessed talent



Absurdity of interfering with trifles



Admired him more for what he had the

fortitude not to do



Always proposing what he knew could not

be honourably acceded to



An old man's blessing never yet harmed

any one



Animated by an unlucky zeal



Buried for the purpose of being dug up



Calumny such powerful charms



Cause of war between the United States

and England



Conquest can only be regarded as the

genius of destruction



Demand everything, that you may obtain

nothing



Die young, and I shall have some

consolatory reflection



Every time we go to war with them we

teach them how to beat us



Every one cannot be an atheist who

pleases



Go to England.  The English like

wrangling politicians



God in his mercy has chosen Napoleon to

be his representative on earth



Grew more angry as his anger was less

regarded



Had neither learned nor forgotten

anything



I have made sovereigns, but have not

wished to be one myself



I do not live--I merely exist



Ideologues



Immortality is the recollection one

leaves



Kings feel they are born general:

whatever else they cannot do



Kiss the feet of Popes provided their

hands are tied



Let women mind their knitting



Malice delights to blacken the

characters of prominent men



Manufacturers of phrases



More glorious to merit a sceptre than

to possess one



Most celebrated people lose on a close

view



Necessary to let men and things take

their course



Nothing is changed in France: there is

only one Frenchman more



Put some gold lace on the coats of my

virtuous republicans



Religion is useful to the Government



Rights of misfortune are always sacred



Something so seductive in popular

enthusiasm



Strike their imaginations by

absurdities than by rational ideas



Submit to events, that he might appear

to command them



Tendency to sell the skin of the bear

before killing him



That consolation which is always left

to the discontented



The boudoir was often stronger than the

cabinet



The wish and the reality were to him

one and the same thing



Those who are free from common

prejudices acquire others



To leave behind him no traces of his

existence



Treaties of peace no less disastrous

than the wars



Treaty, according to custom, was called

perpetual



Trifles honoured with too much

attention



Were made friends of lest they should

become enemies



When a man has so much money he cannot

have got it honestly



Would enact the more in proportion as

we yield



Yield to illusion when the truth was

not satisfactory



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These quotations were collected from the work of the Constant by David Widger while preparing etexts for Project Gutenberg. Comments and suggestions will be most welcome.