A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.
In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer – the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be – a student of history; and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism ‘inevitably’ caused war; and he discovered this only when the First World War was already being fought. Of course he was right. Since every great state was capitalist in 1914.
Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment – and nothing more corrupting.
The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.