Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte

Born: August 15, 1769

Died: May 5, 1821

Nationality: French

Occupation: Leader

Biography: 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.

Source/Notes: Earliest attribution to Napoleon has been found at: Fort Wayne Bible College Light Tower Yearbook (1956)
Source/Notes: Napoleon: In His Own Words (1916)

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Source/Notes: 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. <br>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" <br> 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"