Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.
In our time no one has the conception of what is great. It is up to me to show them.
I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay hands on everything they can get.
To write history one must be more than a man, since the author who holds the pen of this great justiciary must be free from all preoccupation of interest or vanity.
History is written by the winners.
The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.
Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.
The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.
Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours (A good sketch is better than a long speech)
There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.
You can ask me for anything you like, except time
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
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.
War is the business of barbarians.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
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.
Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.