Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
There is no place in a fanatic’s head where reason can enter.
It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men…
England is a nation of shopkeepers.
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.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
In our time no one has the conception of what is great. It is up to me to show them.
The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.
The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.
I often asked Laplace what he thought of God. He owned that he was an atheist.
Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.
Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu’un long discours (A good sketch is better than a long speech)
Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.
The hand that gives is among the hand that takes. Money has no fatherland, financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain.
Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
A revolution is an idea, taken up by bayonets.
Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.
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 the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
History is written by the winners.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.
Men of learning in Milan have not enjoyed proper respect. They hid themselves in their laboratories and thought themselves lucky if . . . priests left them alone. All is changed today. Thought in Italy…
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Imagination governs the world.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.