Big Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Napolean on Power and Politics
- Great men are never cruel without necessity.
- A legislator must know how to take advantage of even the defects of those he wants to govern. The art consists in making others work rather than in wearing oneself out.
- 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 heart of a statesman must be in his head.
- An order that can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood.
- Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
- He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
- Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go.
- Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
- High politic is only common sense applied to great things.
- 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.
posted by jusAnotherThinker at 7:04 AM