French Emperor, Military and Political Leader of France
"A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations. Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets."
"A well-composed song strikes and softens the mind, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor affect the slightest alteration in our habits."
"Do you know what amazes me more than anything else - the impotence of force to organize anything? There are only two powers in the world - the spirit and the sword; and in the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit."
"For my part, it is not the mystery of the incarnation which I discover in religion, but the mystery of social order, which associates with heaven that idea of equality which prevents the rich from destroying the poor."
"In revolutions there are only two sorts of men, those who cause them and those who profit by them."
"Revolutions are like the most noxious dung-heaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables."
"Love is the occupation of the idle man, the amusement of a busy one, and the shipwreck of a sovereign."
"Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine."
"The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes."
"When I was happy I thought I knew man, but it was fated that I should know them only in misfortune."