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.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
The Allied Powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon is the sole obstacle to the re-establishment of peace in Europe, he, faithful to his oath, declares that he is ready to descend from the throne, to quit France, and even to relinquish life, for the good of his country.
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.
Power is founded upon opinion.
In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power. The unwise destroy themselves in resistance. The skillful accept events, take strong hold of them and direct them.
You cannot drag a man's conscience before any tribunal, and no one is answerable for his religious opinions to any power on earth.
The populace judges of the power of God by the power of the priests.
To plan to reserve cavalry for the finish of the battle, is to have no conception of the power of combined infantry and cavalry charges, either for attack or for defense.
Each state claims the right to control interests foreign to itself when those interests are such that it can control them without putting its own interests in danger.... other powers only recognize this right of intervening in proportion as the country doing it has the power to do it.
The religious zeal which animates priests, leads them to undertake labors and to brave perils which would be far beyond the powers of one in secular employment.