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Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe.

As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815. His legal reform, the Napoleonic Code, has been a major influence on many civil law jurisdictions worldwide, but he is best ... more »

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  • ''The art of the police is not to see what it is useless that it should see.''
    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, emperor. Letter, May 24, 1800.
  • ''I am the successor, not of Louis XVI, but of Charlemagne.''
    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, emperor. remark, Dec. 2, 1804, to Pope Pius VII in Paris. On Napoleon's coronation as emperor of F...
  • ''Not tonight, Josephine.''
    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, emperor. Attributed. Legendary reply to the Empress Joséphine.
  • ''France has more need of me than I have need of France.''
    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, emperor. speech, Dec. 31, 1813, to Corps Législatif, Paris. Quoted in Dictionnaire de Citations França...
  • ''I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.''
    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, emperor. Quoted in Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life (1923).
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