Big Black Horse and the Cherry Tree

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Napolean on Power and Politics

  1. Great men are never cruel without necessity.
  2. 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.
  3. Men who have changed the world never achieved their success by winning the chief citizens to their side, but always by stirring the masses.
  4. Do not talk to me of goodness, of abstract justice, of nature law. Necessity is the highest law, public welfare is the highest justice.
  5. The heart of a statesman must be in his head.
  6. An order that can be misunderstood, will be misunderstood.
  7. Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
  8. He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
  9. Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go.
  10. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
  11. High politic is only common sense applied to great things.
  12. 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


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