Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
In civil war it is not given to every man to know how to conduct himself. There is something more than military prudence necessary; there is need of sagacity and the knowledge of men.
It is a mistake, too, to say that the face is the mirror of the soul. The truth is, men are very hard to know, and yet, not to be deceived, we must judge them by their present actions, but for the present only.
The most difficult art is not in the choice of men, but in giving to the men chosen the highest service of which they are capable.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness.
He who cannot look over a battlefield with a dry eye, causes the death of many men uselessly.
Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men.
A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.
Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.
What I have done up to this is nothing. I am only at the beginning of the course I must run. Do you imagine that I triumph in Italy in order to aggrandise the pack of lawyers who form the Directory, and men like Carnot and Barras? What an idea!
Policemen and prisons ought never to be the means used to bring men back to the practice of religion.
All religions have been made by men.
Men take only their needs into consideration - never their abilities.
There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest.
Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze.
As a rule it is circumstances that make men.
One is more certain to influence men, to produce more effect on them, by absurdities than by sensible ideas.
Ordinarily men exercise their memory much more than their judgment.
How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.
Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.
Parties weaken themselves by their fear of capable men.