Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, ed. by R.W. Phipps

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Strona 279 - The same prudence and good sense mark all his behavior. His instructions to his secretary at the Tuileries are worth remembering. " During the night, enter my chamber as seldom as possible. Do not awake me when you have any good news to communicate ; with that there is no hurry. But when you bring bad news, rouse me instantly, for then there is not a moment to be lost.
Strona 269 - Called by the wishes of the French nation to occupy the first magistracy of the republic, I think it proper, on entering into office, to make a direct communication of it to your majesty.
Strona 284 - Hungarian grenadiers, before the very eyes of the Austrian cavalry. This cavalry was half a league off and required a quarter of an hour to arrive on the field of action, and I have observed that it is always these quarters of an hour that decide the fate of a battle.
Strona 204 - my presentiment is verified: the fools have lost Italy All the fruits of our victories are gone ! I must leave Egypt...
Strona 187 - Flore"al (25th April). Some mistake has evidently been made. " The slightest circumstances produce the greatest events," said Napoleon, according to the Memorial of St. Helena ; " had St. Jean d'Acre fallen, I should have changed the face of the world." And again, "The fate of the East lay in that small town.
Strona 285 - I believe the fellow never shed a tear. For my part I know very well that I have no true friends. As long as I continue to be what I am, I may have as many pretended friends as I please.
Strona 6 - His anger, to be sure, was frightful, and though I am no coward, I never could look at him in his fits of rage without shuddering. Though his smile was captivating, yet the expression of his mouth when disdainful or angry could scarcely be seen without terror. But that forehead, which seemed formed to bear the crowns of a whole world ; those hands, of which the most coquettish...
Strona 283 - To make a great noise is his favorite design. " A great reputation is a great noise : the more there is made, the farther off it is heard. Laws, institutions, monuments, nations, all fall; hut the noise continues, and resounds in after ages.
Strona 270 - States, only serve to discover in those that are powerful a mutual wish to deceive. " France and England may, by the abuse of their strength, long defer the period of its utter exhaustion, unhappily for all nations.
Strona 111 - Were I to remain here long, doing nothing, I should be lost. In this great Babylon everything wears out : my glory has already disappeared. This little Europe does not supply enough of it for me. I must seek it in the East : all great fame comes from that quarter. However, I wish first to make a tour along the [northern] coast to see for myself what may be attempted.

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