Napoleon Bonaparte

(1769-1821 / Ajaccio)

Napoleon Bonaparte
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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 remembered for his role in the wars led against France by a series of coalitions, the so-called Napoleonic Wars. He established hegemony over most of continental Europe and sought to spread the ideals of the French Revolution, while consolidating an imperial monarchy which restored aspects of the ... 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...
  • ''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).
  • ''There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.''
    Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, emperor. remark, Dec. 1812, to Polish Ambassador Abbé De Pradt. Quoted in Histoire de l'Ambassade dans...
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