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Napoleon - On Politics and Power

 Napoleon - On Politics and Power

 

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  • If fifty thousand men were to die for the good of the State, I certainly would weep for them, but political necessity comes before everything else.
     
  • Bloodletting is among the ingredients of political medicine.
     
  • In war, as in politics, no evil - even if it is permissible under the rules - is excusable unless it is absolutely necessary. Everything beyond that is a crime.
     
  • A great Nation should have a fixed Government, so that the death of one man should not overturn it.
     
  • Men who have changed the world never achieved their success by winning the chief citizens to their side, but always by stirring the masses.
     
  • Do not talk to me of goodness, of abstract justice, of nature law. Necessity is the highest law, public welfare is the highest justice.
     
  • The policies of all powers are inherent in their geography.
     
  • A Constitution should be short and obscure.
     
  • A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.


 

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