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He who is unmoved by tears has no heart.
 

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
[Politics]
 

History is a set of lies agreed upon.
 

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
[History]
 

How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares, 'God wills it thus.' Religion is excellent stuff for keeping people quiet.
 

How many really capable men are children more than once during the day?
[Maturity]
 

I accept I might be defeated, but caught in surprise, never.
 

I am never angry when contradicted, I seek to be enlightened.
 

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.
 

I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.
 

I believe love to be hurtful to society, and to the individual happiness of men. I believe, in short, that love does more harm than good.
 

I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up.
 

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
[Journalism]
 

I feel as if I am being driven towards an unknown goal. As soon as it is attained and there will no longer be any use for me, an atom will be sufficient to annihilate me; but until then, all human efforts whether in Paris or in the army will be powerless to prevail against me.
 

I have been called upon to change the face of the world.
 

I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.
 

I have only one counsel for you - be master.
 

I have recognized the limits of my eyesight and of my legs, but never the limits of my working power.
 

I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
 

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.
[Politics]
 


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