Is there a person walking this earth, that has not heard of France’s 1st emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte? The man has transcended his name with ludicrous stories of his ruling and his views on life. Perhaps as a way of compensating for his short height, Napoleon always had a fiery tongue and often insisted on getting his own way. He paved his own path to success, rising to power in Paris and taking a position that no one had occupied prior to him. He quickly made a name for himself by conquering most of Europe and before long, he became a leader that the world greatly respected and feared.  Napoleon was an extremely intelligent man with the ability to multitask and remain calm during international conflicts. That is why most of the Napoleon Bonaparte quotes included in this article revolve around three major concepts in life: the ability to love, the ability to have faith, and the ability to win a war within your self or with the outside world.

Here are some of the most infamous Napoleon Bonaparte quotes that continue to intrigue and inspire us to this day.

  1. “Once you have made up your mind, stick to it; there no longer any ‘if’ or ‘but’.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  2. “You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss and failure into success.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. “Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  4. “Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  5. “I would kiss a man’s ass if I needed him.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  6. “The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense; he is always satisfied with himself.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  7. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  8. “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  9. “Friends must always be treated as if one day they might be enemies.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  10. “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” – Napoleon BonaparteCheck out: The 15 Most Remarkable Elon Musk Quotes

    Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes On Love

  11. “Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  12. “Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  13. “Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  14. “You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  15. “History is a set of lies agreed upon.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  16. “The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, and fools of the future.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  17. “A society without religion is like a vessel without compass.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  18. “One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.” – Napoleon BonaparteRead also: 21 Life Changing Quotes on Building Your Character

    Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes on Life

  19. “There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  20. “Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  21. “A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  22. “We walk faster when we walk alone.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  23. “A true man hates no one.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  24. “The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  25. “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  26. “If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  27. “A woman laughing is a woman conquered.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  28. “If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  29. “He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  30. “We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  31. “Imagination rules the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte is character the history books will never forget.  His views on love, religion and the definition of war are an interesting and useful subject for investigation. What are your favorite Napoleon Bonaparte quotes and sayings? 


About the author: Stefanie Docheva is currently the editor-in-chief of MotivationGrid. As a journalism graduate from Kingston University London and an avid blogging enthusiast, she regularly publishes articles about motivation, lifestyle and relationships.


  1. He wasn’t short or the first emperor. He was average height and have you heard of Charlemagne?

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