Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes (414 quotes)




Napoleon Bonaparte
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Paraphrased. Original: "I do not see in religion the mystery of the incarnation so much as the mystery of the social order. It introduces into the thought of heaven an idea of equalization, which saves the rich from being massacred by the poor." - From: "Napoleon: In His Own Words" (1916)
Napoleon Bonaparte
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Variant: "Ability is of little account without opportunity." - Also: "Ability is definitely of no use without opportunity." - Earliest attribution found at: "Edge-tools of speech" (Ticknor and Co., 1886) compiled by Maturin Murray Ballou, p. 1.
A similar idea was expressed by Robert Asprey in his own words in the book "The Rise Of Napoleon Bonaparte" (2000), p. 102: "Many persons go to the grave with unrecognized abilities, having failed either to find opportunity or to recognize it when it came"
Another interesting fact is that in the book "Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" (1896) by William Milligan Sloane, one of the subtitles of Chapter XXIII is "Ability and Opportunity"
Napoleon Bonaparte
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Variant: "In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap" - In French: "En politique, une absurdité n'est pas un obstacle." As quoted in: L'Opinion, Volume 5, Issue 1 (1912), p. 173. And also in: La Revue bibliographique, Volume 1 (A. Dewit, 1920), p. 351
Napoleon Bonaparte
Source/Notes:
Napoleon: In His Own Words (1916)


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Born: August 15, 1769

Died: May 5, 1821 (aged 51)

Nationality: French

Occupation: Leader

Bio: Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe.

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