I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains.
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
The battle of Austerlitz is the grandest of all I have fought.
In order to govern, the question is not to follow out a more or less valid theory but to build with whatever materials are at hand. The inevitable must be accepted and turned to advantage.
The human race is governed by its imagination.
It is my wish that my ashes may repose on the banks of the Seine, in the midst of the French people, whom I have loved so well.
In politics… never retreat, never retract… never admit a mistake.