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They think I am stern, even hardhearted. So much the better- this makes it unnecessary for me to justify my reputation. My firmness is taken for callousness. I shall not complain, since this notion is responsible for the good order that is prevailing, so that there is nothing that needs to be repressed.
 

This man Wellington is so stupid he does not know when he is beaten, and goes on fighting.
 

Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others.
 

Throw off your worries when you throw off your clothes at night.
 

Time is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men.
[One Day]
 

To abandon oneself to despair without a struggle, to commit suicide as a relief, is like leaving the field of battle before we have vanquished the enemy.
 

To do all that one is able to do is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do is to be a god.
[Able]
 

To extraordinary circumstances we must apply extraordinary remedies.
 

To have a right estimate of a man's character, we must see him in misfortune.
 

To have good soldiers, a nation must always be at war.
 

To seduce a wife from her husband, or a son from his father, are odious acts, unworthy of civilised nations.
 

To write history, one must be more than a man, since the author who holds the pen of this great justiciary should be free from all pre-occupation of interest or of vanity.
 

Tragedy warms the soul, elevates the heart, and can and ought to create heroes. In this sense, perhaps, France owes a part of her great actions to Corneille.
 

Use dispatch. - Remember that the world only took six days for its creation, - Ask me for whatever you please except time; that is the only thing which is beyond my power.
 

Vengeance has no foresight.
[Vengeance]
 

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
[Perseverance]
 

War is the business of barbarians.
[War]
 

Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.
 

Waterloo will wipe out the memory of my forty victories; but that which nothing can wipe out is my Civil Code. That will live forever.
 

We cannot escape from the arbitrariness of the judge, unless we place ourselves under the despotism of the law.
 


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