The days of the revolution now give place to the period of regular organization, liberty, and prosperity, which that revolution guarantees. Thus, when everything concurs for the pacification of internal troubles, the threats of the enemies of France must, in the face of the public happiness, appear even to themselves insensate.
Once upon a time there was an old country, wrapped up in habit and caution. We have to transform our old France into a new country and marry it to its time.
Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.
All the evils of France have been produced less by the perversity of the wicked and the violence of fools than by the hesitation of the weak, the compromises of conscience, and the tardiness of patriotism. Let every deputy, every Frenchman show what he feels, what he thinks, and we are saved!
France cannot be France without greatness.
France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme.
After so many years, I feel more American than anything else, but I’m also Romanian and whatever other oddities of temperament I picked up elsewhere, in Transylvania or France, for instance. These days, everybody is both an exile and a resident – they don’t call it the global village for nothing.
England and France were rivals, not only on the continent, but in the West Indies, in India, and in Europe.
France has lost the battle but she has not lost the war.
My heart has always been truly convinced that in serving the cause of America, I am fighting for the interests of France.