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QUOTATIONS FROM THREE COLLECTIONS OF MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON



Contents:

Memoirs of Napoleon, V1, by Bourrienne [NB#01][nb01v10.txt]3551 Memoirs of Napoleon, V2, by Bourrienne [NB#02][nb02v10.txt]3552 Memoirs of Napoleon, V3, by Bourrienne [NB#03][nb03v10.txt]3553 Memoirs of Napoleon, V4, by Bourrienne [NB#04][nb04v10.txt]3554 Memoirs of Napoleon, V5, by Bourrienne [NB#05][nb05v10.txt]3555 Memoirs of Napoleon, V6, by Bourrienne [NB#06][nb06v10.txt]3556 Memoirs of Napoleon, V7, by Bourrienne [NB#07][nb07v10.txt]3557 Memoirs of Napoleon, V8, by Bourrienne [NB#08][nb08v10.txt]3558 Memoirs of Napoleon, V9, by Bourrienne [NB#09][nb09v10.txt]3559 Memoirs of Napoleon, V10, by Bourrienne [NB#10][nb10v10.txt]3560 Memoirs of Napoleon, V11, by Bourrienne [NB#11][nb11v10.txt]3561 Memoirs of Napoleon, V12, by Bourrienne [NB#12][nb12v10.txt]3562 Memoirs of Napoleon, V13, by Bourrienne [NB#13][nb13v10.txt]3563 Memoirs of Napoleon, V14, by Bourrienne [NB#14][nb14v10.txt]3564 Memoirs of Napoleon, V15, by Bourrienne [NB#15][nb15v10.txt]3565 Memoirs of Napoleon, V16, by Bourrienne [NB#16][nb16v10.txt]3566 Complete Memoirs of Napoleon, by Bourrienne[NB#17][nb17v10.txt]3567

Private Life of Napoleon, V1, by Constant [NB#18][nc01v10.txt]3568 Private Life of Napoleon, V2, by Constant [NB#19][nc02v10.txt]3569 Private Life of Napoleon, V3, by Constant [NB#20][nc03v10.txt]3570 Private Life of Napoleon, V4, by Constant [NB#21][nc04v10.txt]3571 Private Life of Napoleon, V5, by Constant [NB#22][nc05v10.txt]3572 Private Life of Napoleon, V6, by Constant [NB#23][nc06v10.txt]3573 Private Life of Napoleon, V7, by Constant [NB#24][nc07v10.txt]3574 Private Life of Napoleon, V8, by Constant [NB#25][nc08v10.txt]3575 Private Life of Napoleon, V9, by Constant [NB#26][nc09v10.txt]3576 Private Life of Napoleon, V10, by Constant [NB#27][nc10v10.txt]3577 Private Life of Napoleon, V11, by Constant [NB#28][nc11v10.txt]3578 Private Life of Napoleon, V12, by Constant [NB#29][nc12v10.txt]3579 Complete Life of Napoleon, V13, by Constant[NB#30][nc13v10.txt]3580

Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v1 [CM#55][cm55b10.txt]3892 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v2 [CM#56][cm56b10.txt]3893 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v3 [CM#57][cm57b10.txt]3894 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v4 [CM#58][cm58b10.txt]3895 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v5 [CM#59][cm59b10.txt]3896 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v6 [CM#60][cm60b10.txt]3897 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v7 [CM#61][cm61b10.txt]3898 The Entire Memoirs of Court of St. Cloud [CM#62][cm62b10.txt]3899



NAPOLEON'S MEMOIRS BY BOURRIENNE

Memoirs of Napoleon, V1, by Bourrienne [NB#01][nb01v10.txt]3551 Memoirs of Napoleon, V2, by Bourrienne [NB#02][nb02v10.txt]3552 Memoirs of Napoleon, V3, by Bourrienne [NB#03][nb03v10.txt]3553 Memoirs of Napoleon, V4, by Bourrienne [NB#04][nb04v10.txt]3554 Memoirs of Napoleon, V5, by Bourrienne [NB#05][nb05v10.txt]3555 Memoirs of Napoleon, V6, by Bourrienne [NB#06][nb06v10.txt]3556 Memoirs of Napoleon, V7, by Bourrienne [NB#07][nb07v10.txt]3557 Memoirs of Napoleon, V8, by Bourrienne [NB#08][nb08v10.txt]3558 Memoirs of Napoleon, V9, by Bourrienne [NB#09][nb09v10.txt]3559 Memoirs of Napoleon, V10, by Bourrienne [NB#10][nb10v10.txt]3560 Memoirs of Napoleon, V11, by Bourrienne [NB#11][nb11v10.txt]3561 Memoirs of Napoleon, V12, by Bourrienne [NB#12][nb12v10.txt]3562 Memoirs of Napoleon, V13, by Bourrienne [NB#13][nb13v10.txt]3563 Memoirs of Napoleon, V14, by Bourrienne [NB#14][nb14v10.txt]3564 Memoirs of Napoleon, V15, by Bourrienne [NB#15][nb15v10.txt]3565 Memoirs of Napoleon, V16, by Bourrienne [NB#16][nb16v10.txt]3566 Complete Memoirs of Napoleon, by Bourrienne[NB#17][nb17v10.txt]3567



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V1, by Bourrienne [nb01v10.txt]3551

His superiors, who were anxious to get rid of him Josephine: Readily laughed at her own credulity Not always agreeable that every truth should be told Opinion of posterity is the real immortality of the soul Passions are always bad counsellors



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V2, by Bourrienne [nb02v10.txt]3552

Bonaparte was a creator in the art of war Leave ordinary letters for three weeks in the basket Occupied with what he was thinking of than with what was said



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V3, by Bourrienne [nb03v10.txt]3553

Always meet your enemies with a bold face Least benefit which accrues inspires the hope of a new Look upon religions as the work of men Napoleon loved only men with strong passions and great weakness Religions a powerful engine of government We never know what we wish for



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V4, by Bourrienne [nb04v10.txt]3554

Doctrine of indefinite perfectibility Ideologues Men were only to be governed by fear and interest Moliere's—"I pardon you, but you shall pay me for this!" Police, catch only fools Trifles often decide the greatest events Two levers for moving men,—interest and fear Well-bred ladies can tell falsehoods without seeming to do so



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V5, by Bourrienne [nb05v10.txt]3555

Calumny has such powerful charms Die young, and I shall have some consolatory reflection Immortality is the recollection one leaves Most celebrated people lose on a close view Religion is useful to the Government The boudoir was often stronger than the cabinet To leave behind him no traces of his existence Treaty, according to custom, was called perpetual



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V6, by Bourrienne [nb06v10.txt]3556

Ability in making it be supposed that he really possessed talent Absurdity of interfering with trifles Admired him more for what he had the fortitude not to do Animated by an unlucky zeal Ideologues Put some gold lace on the coats of my virtuous republicans Trifles honoured with too much attention Were made friends of lest they should become enemies Would enact the more in proportion as we yield



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V7, by Bourrienne [nb07v10.txt]3557

Malice delights to blacken the characters of prominent men Manufacturers of phrases More glorious to merit a sceptre than to possess one Necessary to let men and things take their course



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V8, by Bourrienne [nb08v10.txt]3558

An old man's blessing never yet harmed any one Buried for the purpose of being dug up Kiss the feet of Popes provided their hands are tied Something so seductive in popular enthusiasm



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V9, By Bourrienne [nb09v10.txt]3559

Always proposing what he knew could not be honourably acceded to Cause of war between the United States and England Conquest can only be regarded as the genius of destruction Demand everything, that you may obtain nothing Submit to events, that he might appear to command them Tendency to sell the skin of the bear before killing him When a man has so much money he cannot have got it honestly



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V10, By Bourrienne [nb10v10.txt]3560

I have made sovereigns, but have not wished to be one myself Go to England The English like wrangling politicians Let women mind their knitting



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V11, By Bourrienne [nb11v10.txt]3561

A sect cannot be destroyed by cannon-balls Every time we go to war with them we teach them how to beat us God in his mercy has chosen Napoleon to be his representative on earth The wish and the reality were to him one and the same thing



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V12, By Bourrienne [nb12v10.txt]3562

Treaties of peace no less disastrous than the wars Yield to illusion when the truth was not satisfactory



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V13, By Bourrienne [nb13v10.txt]3563

I almost fancy I am dreaming when I look back on the miraculous incapacity of the persons who were then at the head of our Government. The emigrants, who, as it has been truly said, had neither learned nor forgotten anything, came back with all the absurd pretensions of Coblentz. Their silly vanity reminded one of a character in one of Voltaire's novels who is continually saying, "Un homme comme moi!" These people were so engrossed with their pretended merit that they were blind to everything else. They not only disregarded the wishes and the wants of France; which in overthrowing the Empire hoped to regain liberty, but they disregarded every warning they had received.

M. de Talleyrand, accompanied by the members of the Provisional Government, several Marshals and general officers, and the municipal body, headed by the prefect of the Seine, went in procession beyond the barrier to receive Monsieur. M. de Talleyrand, in the name of the Provisional Government, addressed the Prince, who in reply made that observation which has been so often repeated, "Nothing is changed in France: there is only one Frenchman more."

This was the opinion which the mass of the people instinctively formed, for they judged of the Emperor of Austria in his character of a father and not in his character of a monarch; and as the rights of misfortune are always sacred in France, more interest was felt for Maria Louisa when she was known to be forsaken than when she was in the height of her splendour. Francis II. had not seen his daughter since the day when she left Vienna to unite her destiny with that of the master of half of Europe



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V14, by Bourrienne [nb14v10.txt]3564

The facility with which the Ministers of Finance and of the Treasury provided for all these expenses astonished everybody, as it was necessary to pay for everything in ready money. The system of public works was at the same time resumed throughout France. "It is easy to see," said the workmen, "that 'the great contractor' is returned; all was dead, now everything revives."

One of the most important struggles of modern times was now about to commence— a struggle which for many years was to decide the fate of Europe. Napoleon and Wellington at length stood opposite one another. They had never met; the military reputation of each was of the highest kind.

On one occasion he ordered his camp-bed to be displayed for the inspection of the English officers. In two small leather packages were comprised the couch of the once mighty ruler of the Continent. The steel bedstead which, when folded up, was only two feet long, and eighteen inches wide, occupied one case, while the otter contained the mattress and curtains. The whole was so contrived as to be ready for use in three minutes.



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V15, by Bourrienne [nb15v10.txt]3565

In 1812 Jerome was given the command of the right wing of the Grand Army in its advance against Russia, but he did not fulfil the expectations of his brother, and Davoust took the command instead. Every king feels himself a born general: whatever else they cannot do, war is an art which comes with the crown, and Jerome, unwilling to serve under a mere Marshal, withdrew in disgust. In 1813 he had the good feeling and the good sense to refuse the treacherous offer of the Allies to allow him to retain his kingdom if he joined them against his brother, a snare his sister Caroline fell into at Naples.

Having returned to private life solely on account of Fouche's presence in the Ministry, I yielded to that consolation which is always left to the discontented. I watched the extravagance and inconsistency that were passing around me, and the new follies which were every day committed; and it must be confessed that a rich and varied picture presented itself to my observation.

The reintroduction of much that was bad in the old system (one country even going so far as to re-establish torture), the steady attack on liberty and on all liberal ideas, Wurtemberg being practically the only State which grumbled at the tightening of the reins so dear to Metternich,—all formed a fitting commentary on the proclamations by which the Sovereigns had hounded on their people against the man they represented as the one obstacle to the freedom and peace of Europe.



MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, V16, by Bourrienne [nb16v10.txt]3566

Every one cannot be an atheist who pleases Grew more angry as his anger was less regarded I do not live—I merely exist Strike their imaginations by absurdities than by rational ideas Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others



COMPLETE MEMOIRS OF NAPOLEON, by Bourrienne [nb17v10.txt]3567

Always proposing what he knew could not be honourably acceded to Cause of war between the United States and England Conquest can only be regarded as the genius of destruction Demand everything, that you may obtain nothing Submit to events, that he might appear to command them Tendency to sell the skin of the bear before killing him When a man has so much money he cannot have got it honestly I have made sovereigns, but have not wished to be one myself Go to England The English like wrangling politicians Let women mind their knitting A sect cannot be destroyed by cannon-balls Every time we go to war with them we teach them how to beat us God in his mercy has chosen Napoleon to be his representative on earth The wish and the reality were to him one and the same thing Treaties of peace no less disastrous than the wars Yield to illusion when the truth was not satisfactory Every one cannot be an atheist who pleases Grew more angry as his anger was less regarded I do not live—I merely exist Strike their imaginations by absurdities than by rational ideas Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others



RECOLLECTIONS OF THE PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON BY JULES CONSTANT

Private Life of Napoleon, V1, by Constant [NB#18][nc01v10.txt]3568 Private Life of Napoleon, V2, by Constant [NB#19][nc02v10.txt]3569 Private Life of Napoleon, V3, by Constant [NB#20][nc03v10.txt]3570 Private Life of Napoleon, V4, by Constant [NB#21][nc04v10.txt]3571 Private Life of Napoleon, V5, by Constant [NB#22][nc05v10.txt]3572 Private Life of Napoleon, V6, by Constant [NB#23][nc06v10.txt]3573 Private Life of Napoleon, V7, by Constant [NB#24][nc07v10.txt]3574 Private Life of Napoleon, V8, by Constant [NB#25][nc08v10.txt]3575 Private Life of Napoleon, V9, by Constant [NB#26][nc09v10.txt]3576 Private Life of Napoleon, V10, by Constant [NB#27][nc10v10.txt]3577 Private Life of Napoleon, V11, by Constant [NB#28][nc11v10.txt]3578 Private Life of Napoleon, V12, by Constant [NB#29][nc12v10.txt]3579 Complete Life of Napoleon, V13, by Constant[NB#30][nc13v10.txt]3580



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V1, by Constant [nc01v10.txt]3568

"To paint Caesar in undress is not to paint Caesar," some one has said. Yet men will always like to see the great 'en deshabille'. In these volumes the hero is painted in undress. His foibles, his peculiarities, his vices, are here depicted without reserve. But so also are his kindness of heart, his vast intellect, his knowledge of men, his extraordinary energy, his public spirit. The shutters are taken down, and the workings of the mighty machinery are laid bare.

Never did poet or novelist imagine scenes so improbable. The son of an obscure lawyer in an unimportant island becomes Emperor of the French and King of Italy. His brothers and sisters become kings and queens. The sons of innkeepers, notaries; lawyers, and peasants become marshals of the empire. The Emperor, first making a West India Creole his wife and Empress, puts her away, and marries a daughter of the haughtiest and oldest royal house in Europe, the niece of a queen whom the people of France had beheaded a few years before. Their son is born a king—King of Rome. Then suddenly the pageantry dissolves, and Emperor, kings, and queens become subjects again.

The old woman who met him incognito climbing the hill of Tarare, and replying to his assertion that "Napoleon was only a tyrant like the rest," exclaimed, "It may be so, but the others are the kings of the nobility, while he is one of us, and we have chosen him ourselves,"

Attached to the person of the Emperor Napoleon for fifteen years, I have seen all the men, and witnessed all the important events, which centered around him. I have seen far more than that; for I have had under my eyes all the circumstances of his life, the least as well as the greatest, the most secret as well as those which are known to history



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V2, by Constant [nc02v10.txt]3569

He admitted, however, notwithstanding all his jokes, that he had never thought himself so near death, and that he felt as if he had been dead for a few seconds. I do not remember whether it was on this or another occasion that I heard the Emperor say, that "death was only asleep without dreams."

Mademoiselle Hortense was extremely pretty, with an expressive and mobile countenance, and in addition to this was graceful, talented, and affable. Kindhearted and amiable like her mother, she had not that excessive desire to oblige which sometimes detracted from Madame Bonaparte's character.

About this time she inspired a most violent passion in a gentleman of a very good family, who was, I think, a little deranged before this mad love affected his brain. This poor unfortunate roamed incessantly around Malmaison; and as soon as Mademoiselle Hortense left the house, ran by the side of her carriage with the liveliest demonstrations of tenderness, and threw through the window flowers, locks of his hair, and verses of his own composition. When he met Mademoiselle Hortense on foot, he threw himself on his knees before her with a thousand passionate gestures, addressing her in most endearing terms, and followed her, in spite of all opposition, even into the courtyard of the chateau, and abandoned himself to all kinds of folly.

The Archbishop of Milan had come to Lyons, notwithstanding his great age, in order to see the First Consul, whom he loved with such tenderness that in conversation the venerable old man continually addressed the young general as "my son." The peasants of Pavia, having revolted because their fanaticism had been excited by false assertions that the French wished to destroy their religion, the Archbishop of Milan, in order to prove that their fears were groundless, often showed himself in a carriage with General Bonaparte.

The celebration of this sacrament at Notre Dame was a novel sight to the Parisians, and many attended as if it were a theatrical representation. Many, also, especially amongst the military, found it rather a matter of raillery than of edification; and those who, during the Revolution, had contributed all their strength to the overthrow of the worship which the First Consul had just re-established, could with difficulty conceal their indignation and their chagrin.

"Why did you quit the service?" resumed the First Consul, who appeared to take great interest in the conversation.—"My faith, General, each one in his turn, and there are saber strokes enough for every one. One fell on me there " (the worthy laborer bent his head and divided the locks of his hair); "and after some weeks in the field hospital, they gave me a discharge to return to my wife and my plow."



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V3, by Constant [nc03v10.txt]3570

Her sudden appearance astonished, and even alarmed, Roustan and myself; for it was only an extraordinary circumstance which could have induced Madame Bonaparte to leave her room in this costume, before taking all necessary precautions to conceal the damage which the want of the accessories of the toilet did her. She entered, or rather rushed, into the room, crying, "The Duke d'Enghien is dead! Ah, my friend! what have you done?" Then she fell sobbing into the arms of the First Consul, who became pale as death, and said with extraordinary emotion, "The miserable wretches have been too quick!" He then left the room, supporting Madame Bonaparte, who could hardly walk, and was still weeping. The news of the prince's death spread consternation in the chateau; and the First Consul remarked this universal grief, but reprimanded no one for it. The fact is, the greatest chagrin which this mournful catastrophe caused his servants, most of whom were attached to him by affection even more than by duty, came from the belief that it would inevitably tarnish the glory and destroy the peace of mind of their master.

Women not residing in Boulogne were prohibited from remaining there without a special permit from the minister of police. This measure had been judged necessary on account of the army; for otherwise each soldier perhaps would have brought a woman to Boulogne, and the disorder would have been indescribable.

In spite of all these precautions, spies from the English fleet each day penetrated into Boulogne. When they were discovered no quarter was given; and notwithstanding this, emissaries who had landed, no one knew where, came each evening to the theater, and carried their imprudence so far as to write their opinion of the actors and actresses, whom they designated by name, and to post these writings on the walls of the theater, thus defying the police.

There were also traitors in Boulogne. A schoolmaster, the secret agent of Lords Keith and Melville, was surprised one morning on the cliff above the camp of the right wing, making telegraphic signals with his arms; and being arrested almost in the act by the sentinels, he protested his innocence, and tried to turn the incident into a jest, but his papers were searched, and correspondence with the English found, which clearly proved his guilt. He was delivered to the council of war, and shot the next day.

About this time his Majesty was riding on horseback near his barracks, when a pretty young girl of fifteen or sixteen, dressed in white, her face bathed in tears, threw herself on her knees in his path. The Emperor immediately alighted from his horse, and assisted her to rise, asking most compassionately what he could do for her. The poor girl had come to entreat the pardon of her father, a storekeeper in the commissary department, who had been condemned to the galleys for grave crimes. His Majesty could not resist the many charms of the youthful suppliant, and the pardon was granted.



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V4, by Constant [nc04v10.txt]3571

The Empress Josephine was of medium height, with an exquisite figure; and in all her movements there was an airiness and grace which gave to her walk something ethereal, without detracting from the majesty of the sovereign. Her expressive countenance portrayed all the emotions of her soul, while retaining the charming sweetness which was its ruling expression. In pleasure, as in grief, she was beautiful, and even against your will you would smile when she smiled; if she was sad, you would be also. Never did a woman justify better than she the expression that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Hers were of a deep blue, and nearly always half closed by her long lids, which were slightly arched, and fringed with the most beautiful lashes in the world; in regarding her you felt yourself drawn to her by an irresistible power. It must have been difficult for the Empress to give severity to that seductive look; but she could do this, and well knew how to render it imposing when necessary.

The Empress had a remarkable memory, of which the Emperor often availed himself; she was also an excellent musician, played well on the harp, and sang with taste. She had perfect tact, an exquisite perception of what was suitable, the soundest, most infallible judgment imaginable, and, with a disposition always lovely, always the same, indulgent to her enemies as to her friends, she restored peace wherever there was quarrel or discord. When the Emperor was vexed with his brothers or other persons, which often happened, the Empress spoke a few words, and everything was settled. If she demanded a pardon, it was very rare that the Emperor did not grant it, however grave the crime committed; and I could cite a thousand examples of pardons thus solicited and obtained.

Before his departure for Russia, the Empress, distressed at this war, of which she entirely disapproved, again redoubled her recommendations concerning the Emperor, and made me a present of her portrait, saying to me, "My good Constant, I rely on you; if the Emperor were sick, you would inform me of it, would you not? Conceal nothing from me, I love him so much."

His Majesty walked in advance of the persons who accompanied him, and took much pleasure in being first to call by their names the various localities he passed. A peasant, seeing him thus some distance from his suite, cried out to him familiarly, "Oh, citizen, is the Emperor going to pass soon?"—"Yes," replied the Emperor, "have patience."



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V5, by Constant [nc05v10.txt]3572

I left the Emperor at Berlin, where each day, and each hour of the day, he received news of some victory gained, or some success obtained by his generals. General Beaumont presented to him eighty flags captured from the enemy by his division, and Colonel Gerard also presented sixty taken from Blucher at the battle of Wismar. Madgeburg had capitulated, and a garrison of sixty thousand men had marched out under the eyes of General Savary. Marshal Mortier occupied Hanover in the name of France, and Prince Murat was on the point of entering Warsaw after driving out the Russians.

....since his Majesty took the lead, and left the others but little to say. Such was often his habit; but no one thought of complaining of this, so interesting were nearly always the Emperor's ideas, and so original and brilliantly expressed. His Majesty did not converse, as had been truthfully said in the journal which I have added to my memoirs, but he spoke with an inexpressible charm.

Thereupon the Emperor left the table, opened a little casket, took therefrom a package in the shape of a long square, and handed it to Marshal Lefebvre, saying to him, "Duke of Dantzig, accept this chocolate; little gifts preserve friendship."

This premature death was to her an inconsolable grief; and she shut herself up for three days, weeping bitterly, seeing no one except her women, and taking almost no nourishment. It even seemed that she feared to be distracted from her grief....



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V6, by Constant [nc06v10.txt]3573

When his Majesty returned to his apartment, I heard Marshal Berthier say to him, "Sire, are you not afraid that the sovereigns may some day use to advantage against you all that you have just taught them? Your Majesty just now seemed to forget what you formerly told us, that it is necessary to act with our allies as if they were afterwards to be our enemies." —"Berthier," replied the Emperor, smiling, that is a good observation on your part, and I thank you for it; I really believe I have made you think I was an idiot. You think, then," continued his Majesty, pinching sharply one of the Prince de Neuchatel's ears, "that I committed the indiscretion of giving them whips with which to return and flog us? Calm yourself, I did not tell them all."

The day after their arrival at Saint-Cloud, the Emperor and Empress went to Paris in order to be present at the fetes of the 15th of August, which it is useless to say were magnificent. As soon as he entered the Tuileries, the Emperor hastened through the chateau to examine the repairs and improvements which had been made during his absence, and, as was his habit, criticised more than he praised all that he saw.

By this arrangement the two Emperors found themselves in such a conspicuous position that it was impossible for them to make a movement without being seen by every one. On the 3d of October AEdipus was presented. "All the sovereigns," as the Emperor called them, were present at this representation; and just as the actor pronounced these words in the first scene: "The friendship of a great man is a gift from the gods:"—the Czar arose, and held out his hand with much grace to the Emperor; and immediately acclamations, which the presence of the sovereigns could not restrain, burst forth from every part of the hall.

Those who traded in curiosities and objects of art liked him exceedingly, since he bought their wares without much bargaining. However, on one occasion he wished to purchase a telescope, and sent for a famous optician, who seized the opportunity to charge him an enormous price. But Asker-Khan having examined the instrument, with which he was much pleased, said to the optician, "You have given me your long price, now give me your short one."



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V7, by Constant [nc07v10.txt]3574

The officers of the line, who had served in several campaigns and had gained their epaulettes on the field of battle, held a very different position in the army. Always grave, polite, and considerate, there was a kind of fraternity among them; and having known suffering and misery themselves, they were always ready to help others; and their conversation, though not distinguished by brilliant information, was often full of interest. In nearly every case boasting quitted them with their youth, and the bravest were always the most modest. Influenced by no imaginary points of honor, they estimated themselves at their real worth; and all fear of being suspected of cowardice was beneath them.

His Majesty passed the two months and a half of his stay working in his cabinet, which he rarely left, and always unwillingly; his amusements being, as always, the theater and concerts. He loved music passionately, especially Italian music, and like all great amateurs was hard to please. He would have much liked to sing had he been able, but he had no voice, though this did not prevent his humming now and then pieces which struck his fancy; and as these little reminiscences usually recurred to him in the mornings, he regaled me with them while he was being dressed. The air that I have heard him thus mutilate most frequently was that of The Marseillaise.

His Majesty's, favorite singer were Crescentini and Madame Grassini. I saw Crescentini's debut at Paris in the role of Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet. He came preceded by a reputation as the first singer of Italy; and this reputation was found to be well deserved, notwithstanding all the prejudices he had to overcome, for I remember well the disparaging statements made concerning him before his debut at the court theater. According to these self-appointed connoisseurs, he was a bawler without taste, without method, a maker of absurd trills, an unimpassioned actor of little intelligence, and many other things besides.



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V8, by Constant [nc08v10.txt]3575

A short time after, my wife went to see the Empress Josephine at Malmaison; and this lovely princess deigned to receive her alone in the little room in front of her bedroom. There she seated herself beside her, and tried in touching words of sympathy to console her, saying that this stroke did not reach us alone, and that her grandson, too, had died of the same disease. As she said this she began to weep; for this remembrance reopened in her soul recent griefs, and my wife bathed with tears the hands of this excellent princess. Josephine added many touching remarks, trying to alleviate her sorrow by sharing it, and thus restore resignation to the heart of the poor mother.

When this hilarity had somewhat subsided, Princess Stephanie returned to the charge, saying, "It really is a pity that your Majesty does not know how to waltz, for the Germans are wild over waltzing, and the Empress will naturally share the taste of her compatriots; she can have no partner but the Emperor, and thus she will be deprived of a great pleasure through your Majesty's fault."—"You are right!" replied the Emperor; "well, give me a lesson, and you will have a specimen of my skill." Whereupon he rose, took a few turns with Princess Stephanie, humming the air of the Queen of Prussia; but he could not take more than two or three turns, and even this he did so awkwardly that it increased the amusement of these ladies. Then the Princess of Baden stopped, saying, "Sire, that is quite enough to convince me that you will never be anything but a poor pupil. You were made to give lessons, not to take them."

Her Majesty the Queen of Naples had been sent to Brannan, by the Emperor to receive the Empress. Queen Caroline, of whom the Emperor once said that she was a man among her sisters, as Prince Joseph was a woman among his brothers, mistook, it is said, the timidity of Marie Louise for weakness, and thought that she would only have to speak and her young sister-in-law would hasten to obey.

No one could resemble the first Empress less than the second, and except in the two points of similarity of temperament, and an extreme regard for the Emperor, the one was exactly the opposite of the other; and it must be confessed the Emperor congratulated himself on this difference, in which he found both novelty and charm. He himself drew a parallel between his two wives in these terms: "The one [Josephine] was all art and grace; the other [Marie Louise] innocence and natural simplicity.



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V9, by Constant [nc09v10.txt]3576

Even the vessels and broom-handles were painted various colors, and cared for like the remainder of the establishment; the inhabitants carrying their love of cleanliness so far as to compel those who entered to take off their shoes, and replace them with slippers, which stood at the door for this singular purpose. I am reminded on this subject of an anecdote relating to the Emperor Joseph the Second. That prince, having presented himself in boots at the door of a house in Broek, and being requested to remove them before entering, exclaimed, "I am the Emperor!" —"Even if you were the burgomaster of Amsterdam, you should not enter in boots," replied the master of the dwelling. The good Emperor thereupon put on the slippers.

The Emperor in his tender moods was sometimes even more childish than his son. The young prince was only four months old when his father put his three- cornered hat on the pretty infant.

The child usually cried a good deal, and at these times the Emperor embraced him with an ardor and delight which none but a tender father could feel, saying to him, "What, Sire, you crying! A king weeping; fie, then, how ugly that is!" He was just a year old when I saw the Emperor, on the lawn in front of the chateau, place his sword-belt over the shoulders of the king, and his hat on his head, and holding out his arms to the child, who tottered to him, his little feet now and then entangled in his father's sword; and it was beautiful to see the eagerness with which the Emperor extended his arms to keep him from falling.

The Cossacks, in common with all races still in their infancy, believe in magicians. A very amusing anecdote was told of the great chief of the Cossacks, the celebrated Platoff. Pursued by the King of Naples, he was beating a retreat, when a ball reached one of the officers beside him, on which event the headman was so much irritated against his magician that he had him flogged in presence of all his hordes, reproaching him most bitterly because he had not turned away the balls by his witchcraft. This was plain evidence of the fact that he had more faith in his art than the sorcerer himself possessed.

The Emperor rode over the field of battle, which presented a horrible spectacle, nearly all the dead being covered with wounds; which proved with what bitterness the battle had been waged. The weather was very inclement, and rain was falling, accompanied by a very high wind. Poor wounded creatures, who had not yet been removed to the ambulances, half rose from the ground in their desire not to be overlooked and to receive aid; while some among them still cried, Vive l'Empereur!" in spite of their suffering and exhaustion. Those of our soldiers who had been killed by Russian balls showed on their corpses deep and broad wounds, for the Russian balls were much larger than ours. We saw a color-bearer, wrapped in his banner as a winding-sheet, who seemed to give signs of life, but he expired in the shock of being raised. The Emperor walked on and said nothing, though many times when he passed by the most mutilated, he put his hand over his eyes to avoid the sight. This calm lasted only a short while; for there was a place on the battlefield where French and Russians had fallen pell-mell, almost all of whom were wounded more or less grievously. And when the Emperor heard their cries, he became enraged, and shouted at those who had charge of removing the wounded, much irritated by the slowness with which this was done. It was difficult to prevent the horses from trampling on the corpses, so thickly did they lie. A wounded soldier was struck by the shoe of a horse in the Emperor's suite, and uttered a heartrending cry, upon which the Emperor quickly turned, and inquired in a most vehement manner who was the awkward person by whom the man was hurt. He was told, thinking that it would calm his anger, that the man was nothing but a Russian. "Russian or French," he exclaimed, "I wish every one removed!" Poor young fellows who were making their first campaign, being wounded to the death, lost courage, and wept like children crying for their mothers. The terrible picture will be forever engraven on my memory.



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V10, by Constant [nc10v10.txt]3577

"Viewed from a political standpoint, how would the papal government in these days appear compared with the great kingdoms of Europe? Formerly mediocre men succeeded to the pontifical throne at an age in which one breathes well only after resting. At this period of life routine and habit are everything; and nothing is considered but the elevated position, and how to make it redound to the advantage of his family. A pope now arrives at sovereign power with a mind sharpened by being accustomed to intrigue, and with a fear of making powerful enemies who may hereafter revenge themselves on his family, since his successor is always unknown. In fine, he cares for nothing but to live and die in peace. In the seat of Sixtus V. —[Sixtus V., originally Felix Peretti, born at Montalto, 1525, and in 1585 succeeded Gregory XIII. as pope. He was distinguished by his energy and munificence. He constructed the Vatican Library, the great aqueduct, and other public works, and placed the obelisk before St. Peter's. Died 1589. ]—how many popes have there been who have occupied themselves only with frivolous subjects, as little advantageous to the best interests of religion as fruitful in inspiring scorn for such a government! But that would lead us too far."

The Emperor indicated every movement with admirable tact, and in such a manner that it was impossible to be taken at a disadvantage. He commanded only the troops as a whole, transmitting either personally, or through his staff officers, his orders to the commander of the corps and divisions, who in their turn transmitted or had them transmitted to the chiefs of battalions. All orders given by his Majesty were short, precise, and so clear that it was never necessary to ask explanations.

It would have been said that the past was no longer anything to him; and living ever in the future, he already saw victory perched again on our banner, and his enemies humiliated and vanquished.

As for myself, during the entire campaign I did not a single time undress to retire to bed, for I never found one anywhere. It was necessary to supply this deficiency by some means; and as it is well known that necessity is ever ready with inventions, we supplied deficiency in our furnishings in the following manner: we had great bags of coarse cloth made, into which we entered, and thus protected, threw ourselves on a little straw, when we were fortunate enough to obtain it;—

And when to this is added the neighing of horses, bellowing of cattle, rumbling of wheels over the stones, cries of the soldiers, sounds from trumpets, drums, fifes, and the complaints of the inhabitants, with hundreds of persons all together asking questions at the same time, speaking German to the Italians, and French to the Germans, how could it be possible that his Majesty should be as tranquil and as much at his ease in the midst of this fearful uproar as in his cabinet at Saint-Cloud or the Tuileries? This was nevertheless the case; and the Emperor, seated before a miserable table covered with a kind of cloth, a map spread before him, compass and pen in hand, entirely given up to meditation, showed not the least impatience; and it would have been said that no exterior noise reached his ears. But let a cry of pain be heard in any direction, the Emperor instantly raised his head, and gave orders to go and ascertain what had happened. The power of thus isolating one's self completely from all the surrounding world is very difficult to acquire, and no one possessed it to the same degree as his Majesty.



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V11, by Constant [nc11v10.txt]3578

These are the details which I learned in regard to Moreau; and, as is well known, he did not long survive his wound. The same ball which broke both his legs carried off an arm from Prince Ipsilanti, then aide-de-camp to the Emperor Alexander; so that if the evil that is done can be repaired by the evil received, it might be said that the cannon-shot which tore away from us General Kirgener and Marshal Duroc was this day sent back on the enemy. But alas! it is a sad sort of consolation that is drawn from reprisals.

"Nothing has been interposed on my part to the re-establishment of peace; I know and share the sentiments of the French people. I repeat, of the French people, since there are none among them who desire peace at the expense of honor. It is with regret that I demand of this generous people new sacrifices, but they are necessary for their noblest and dearest interests. I have been compelled to re-enforce my armies by numerous levies, for nations treat with security only when they display all their strength. An increase of receipts has become indispensable. The propositions which my minister of finance will submit to you are in conformity with the system of finance I have established. We will meet all demands without borrowing, which uses up the resources of the future, and without paper money, which is the greatest enemy of social order."

It was while speaking of this audacious attack of Vandamme that the Emperor used this expression, which has been so justly admired, "For a retreating enemy it is necessary to make a bridge of gold, or oppose a wall of brass."

It would seem that this was well understood in Paris; for the day on which the 'Moniteur' published the reply of his Majesty to the senate, stocks increased in value more than two francs, which the Emperor did not fail to remark with much satisfaction; for as is well known, the rise and decline of stocks was with him the real thermometer of public opinion.

Within the palace itself I heard many persons attached to the Emperor say the same thing when he was not present, though they spoke very differently in the presence of his Majesty. When he deigned to interrogate me, as he frequently did, on what I had heard people say, I reported to him the exact truth; and when in these confidential toilet conversations of the Emperor I uttered the word peace, he exclaimed again and again, "Peace! Peace! Ah! who can desire it more than I? There are some, however, who do not desire it, and the more I concede the more they demand."



PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V12, by Constant [nc12v10.txt]3579

She was a brunette of ordinary height, but with a beautiful figure, and pretty feet and hands, her whole person full of grace, and was indeed perfectly charming in all respects, and, besides, united with most enticing coquetry every accomplishment, danced with much grace, played on several instruments, and was full of intelligence; in fact, she had received that kind of showy education which forms the most charming mistresses and the worst wives.

It has been said that no man is, a hero to his valet. It would give wide latitude to a witty remark, which has become proverbial, to make it the epigraph of these memoirs. The valet of a hero by that very fact is something more than a valet.

Affairs had reached a point where the great question of triumph or defeat could not long remain undecided. According to one of the habitual expressions of the Emperor, the pear was ripe; but who was to gather it?

The princes of the imperial family also enjoyed the right to enter the Emperor's apartment in the morning. I often saw the Emperor's mother. The Emperor kissed her hand with much respect and tenderness, but I have many times heard him reproach her for her excessive economy. Madame Mere listened, and then gave as excuse for not changing her style of living reasons which often vexed his Majesty, but which events have unfortunately justified.



COMPLETE PRIVATE LIFE OF NAPOLEON, V13, by Constant [nc13v10.txt]3580

A sad sort of consolation that is drawn from reprisals Act with our allies as if they were afterwards to be our enemies Age in which one breathes well only after resting All orders given by his Majesty were short, precise As was his habit, criticised more than he praised Borrowing, which uses up the resources of the future Death is only asleep without dreams Excessive desire to oblige Fear of being suspected of cowardice was beneath them For a retreating enemy it is necessary to make a bridge of gold Frederick the Great: "No man is a hero to his valet" Hair, arranged with charming negligence His Majesty did not converse: he spoke. Like all great amateurs was hard to please Little gifts preserve friendship Living ever in the future Make a bridge of gold, or oppose a wall of brass Most charming mistresses and the worst wives Necessity is ever ready with inventions No man is, a hero to his valet Paper money, which is the greatest enemy of social order Power of thus isolating one's self completely from all the world Rise and decline of stocks was with him the real thermometer Rubbings with eau de Cologne, his favorite remedy Self-appointed connoisseurs She feared to be distracted from her grief The more I concede the more they demand The friendship of a great man is a gift from the gods The pear was ripe; but who was to gather it? There are saber strokes enough for every one Trying to alleviate her sorrow by sharing it You have given me your long price, now give me your short one. You were made to give lessons, not to take them.



MEMOIRS OF COURT OF ST. CLOUD

Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v1 [CM#55][cm55b10.txt]3892 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v2 [CM#56][cm56b10.txt]3893 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v3 [CM#57][cm57b10.txt]3894 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v4 [CM#58][cm58b10.txt]3895 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v5 [CM#59][cm59b10.txt]3896 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v6 [CM#60][cm60b10.txt]3897 Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, v7 [CM#61][cm61b10.txt]3898 The Entire Memoirs of Court of St. Cloud [CM#62][cm62b10.txt]3899



MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST. CLOUD, V1 [cm55b10.txt]3892

Easy to give places to men to whom Nature has refused parts Indifference of the French people to all religion Prepared to become your victim, but not your accomplice Were my generals as great fools as some of my Ministers Which crime in power has interest to render impenetrable



MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST. CLOUD, V2 [cm56b10.txt]3893

Bestowing on the Almighty the passions of mortals Bow to their charlatanism as if it was sublimity Cannot be expressed, and if expressed, would not be believed Feeling, however, the want of consolation in their misfortunes Future effects dreaded from its past enormities God is only the invention of fear Gold, changes black to white, guilt to innocence Hail their sophistry and imposture as inspiration Invention of new tortures and improved racks Labour as much as possible in the dark Misfortunes and proscription would not only inspire courage My means were the boundaries of my wants Not suspected of any vices, but all his virtues are negative Nothing was decided, though nothing was refused Now that she is old (as is generally the case), turned devotee Prelate on whom Bonaparte intends to confer the Roman tiara Saints supplied her with a finger, a toe, or some other parts Step is but short from superstition to infidelity Suspicion and tyranny are inseparable companions Two hundred and twenty thousand prostitute licenses Usurped the easy direction of ignorance Would cease to rule the day he became just



MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST. CLOUD, V3 [CM#57][cm57b10.txt]3894

As confident and obstinate as ignorant Bonaparte and his wife go now every morning to hear Mass Bourrienne Distinguished for their piety or rewarded for their flattery Extravagances of a head filled with paradoxes Forced military men to kneel before priests Indifference about futurity Military diplomacy More vain than ambitious Nature has destined him to obey, and not to govern One of the negative accomplices of the criminal Promises of impostors or fools to delude the ignorant Salaries as the men, under the name of washerwomen "This is the age of upstarts," said Talleyrand Thought at least extraordinary, even by our friends



MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST. CLOUD, V4 [CM#58][cm58b10.txt]3895

All his creditors, denounced and executed All priests are to be proscribed as criminals How much people talk about what they do not comprehend Thought himself eloquent when only insolent or impertinent



MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST. CLOUD, V5 [CM#59][cm59b10.txt]3896

Hero of great ambition and small capacity: La Fayette Marble lives longer than man Satisfying himself with keeping three mistresses only Under the notion of being frank, are rude Want is the parent of industry With us, unfortunately, suspicion is the same as conviction



MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST. CLOUD, V6 [CM#60][cm60b10.txt]3897

A stranger to remorse and repentance, as well as to honour Accused of fanaticism, because she refused to cohabit with him As everywhere else, supported injustice by violence Bonaparte dreads more the liberty of the Press than all other Chevalier of the Guillotine: Toureaux Country where power forces the law to lie dormant Encounter with dignity and self-command unbecoming provocations Error to admit any neutrality at all Expeditious justice, as it is called here French Revolution was fostered by robbery and murder He was too honest to judge soundly and to act rightly Her present Serene Idiot, as she styles the Prince Borghese If Bonaparte is fond of flattery—pays for it like a real Emperor Its pretensions rose in proportion to the condescensions Jealous of his wife as a lover of his mistress Justice is invoked in vain when the criminal is powerful May change his habitations six times in the month—yet be home Men and women, old men and children are no more My maid always sleeps with me when my husband is absent Napoleon invasion of States of the American Commonwealth Not only portable guillotines, but portable Jacobin clubs Procure him after a useless life, a glorious death Should our system of cringing continue progressively Sold cats' meat and tripe in the streets of Rome Sufferings of individuals, he said, are nothing Suspicion is evidence United States will be exposed to Napoleon's outrages Who complains is shot as a conspirator



MEMOIRS OF THE COURT OF ST. CLOUD, V7 [CM#61][cm61b10.txt]3898

Complacency which may be felt, but ought never to be published General who is too fond of his life ought never to enter a camp Generals of Cabinets are often indifferent captains in the field How many reputations are gained by an impudent assurance Irresolution and weakness in a commander operate the same Love of life increase in proportion as its real value diminishes Opinion almost constitutes half the strength of armies Presumptuous charlatan Pretensions or passions of upstart vanity Pride of an insupportable and outrageous ambition Prudence without weakness, and with firmness without obstinacy They ought to be just before they are generous They will create some quarrel to destroy you Vices or virtues of all civilized nations are relatively the same We are tired of everything, even of our existence



THE ENTIRE MEMOIRS OF COURT OF ST. CLOUD [CM#62][cm62b10.txt]3899

A stranger to remorse and repentance, as well as to honour Accused of fanaticism, because she refused to cohabit with him All his creditors, denounced and executed All priests are to be proscribed as criminals As everywhere else, supported injustice by violence As confident and obstinate as ignorant Bestowing on the Almighty the passions of mortals Bonaparte and his wife go now every morning to hear Mass Bonaparte dreads more the liberty of the Press than all other Bourrienne Bow to their charlatanism as if it was sublimity Cannot be expressed, and if expressed, would not be believed Chevalier of the Guillotine: Toureaux Complacency which may be felt, but ought never to be published Country where power forces the law to lie dormant Distinguished for their piety or rewarded for their flattery Easy to give places to men to whom Nature has refused parts Encounter with dignity and self_command unbecoming provocations Error to admit any neutrality at all Expeditious justice, as it is called here Extravagances of a head filled with paradoxes Feeling, however, the want of consolation in their misfortunes Forced military men to kneel before priests French Revolution was fostered by robbery and murder Future effects dreaded from its past enormities General who is too fond of his life ought never to enter a camp Generals of Cabinets are often indifferent captains in the field God is only the invention of fear Gold, changes black to white, guilt to innocence Hail their sophistry and imposture as inspiration He was too honest to judge soundly and to act rightly Her present Serene Idiot, as she styles the Prince Borghese Hero of great ambition and small capacity: La Fayette How many reputations are gained by an impudent assurance How much people talk about what they do not comprehend If Bonaparte is fond of flattery_pays for it like a real Emperor Indifference about futurity Indifference of the French people to all religion Invention of new tortures and improved racks Irresolution and weakness in a commander operate the same Its pretensions rose in proportion to the condescensions Jealous of his wife as a lover of his mistress Justice is invoked in vain when the criminal is powerful Labour as much as possible in the dark Love of life increase in proportion as its real value diminishes Marble lives longer than man May change his habitations six times in the month_yet be home Men and women, old men and children are no more Military diplomacy Misfortunes and proscription would not only inspire courage More vain than ambitious My maid always sleeps with me when my husband is absent My means were the boundaries of my wants Napoleon invasion of States of the American Commonwealth Nature has destined him to obey, and not to govern Not suspected of any vices, but all his virtues are negative Not only portable guillotines, but portable Jacobin clubs Nothing was decided, though nothing was refused Now that she is old (as is generally the case), turned devotee One of the negative accomplices of the criminal Opinion almost constitutes half the strength of armies Prelate on whom Bonaparte intends to confer the Roman tiara Prepared to become your victim, but not your accomplice Presumptuous charlatan Pretensions or passions of upstart vanity Pride of an insupportable and outrageous ambition Procure him after a useless life, a glorious death Promises of impostors or fools to delude the ignorant Prudence without weakness, and with firmness without obstinacy Saints supplied her with a finger, a toe, or some other parts Salaries as the men, under the name of washerwomen Satisfying himself with keeping three mistresses only Should our system of cringing continue progressively Sold cats' meat and tripe in the streets of Rome Step is but short from superstition to infidelity Sufferings of individuals, he said, are nothing Suspicion and tyranny are inseparable companions Suspicion is evidence They will create some quarrel to destroy you They ought to be just before they are generous This is the age of upstarts," said Talleyrand Thought at least extraordinary, even by our friends Thought himself eloquent when only insolent or impertinent Two hundred and twenty thousand prostitute licenses Under the notion of being frank, are rude United States will be exposed to Napoleon's outrages Usurped the easy direction of ignorance Vices or virtues of all civilized nations are relatively the same Want is the parent of industry We are tired of everything, even of our existence Were my generals as great fools as some of my Ministers Which crime in power has interest to render impenetrable Who complains is shot as a conspirator With us, unfortunately, suspicion is the same as conviction Would cease to rule the day he became just



THE ENTIRE NAPOLEON MEMOIRS SERIES:

A sect cannot be destroyed by cannon-balls A stranger to remorse and repentance, as well as to honour A sad sort of consolation that is drawn from reprisals Accused of fanaticism, because she refused to cohabit with him Act with our allies as if they were afterwards to be our enemies Age in which one breathes well only after resting All priests are to be proscribed as criminals All his creditors, denounced and executed All orders given by his Majesty were short, precise Always proposing what he knew could not be honourably acceded to As everywhere else, supported injustice by violence As confident and obstinate as ignorant As was his habit, criticised more than he praised Bestowing on the Almighty the passions of mortals Bonaparte and his wife go now every morning to hear Mass Bonaparte dreads more the liberty of the Press than all other Borrowing, which uses up the resources of the future Bourrienne Bow to their charlatanism as if it was sublimity Cannot be expressed, and if expressed, would not be believed Cause of war between the United States and England Chevalier of the Guillotine: Toureaux Complacency which may be felt, but ought never to be published Conquest can only be regarded as the genius of destruction Country where power forces the law to lie dormant Death is only asleep without dreams Demand everything, that you may obtain nothing Distinguished for their piety or rewarded for their flattery Easy to give places to men to whom Nature has refused parts Encounter with dignity and self_command unbecoming provocations Error to admit any neutrality at all Every one cannot be an atheist who pleases Every time we go to war with them we teach them how to beat us Excessive desire to oblige Expeditious justice, as it is called here Extravagances of a head filled with paradoxes Fear of being suspected of cowardice was beneath them Feeling, however, the want of consolation in their misfortunes For a retreating enemy it is necessary to make a bridge of gold Forced military men to kneel before priests Frederick the Great: "No man is a hero to his valet" French Revolution was fostered by robbery and murder Future effects dreaded from its past enormities General who is too fond of his life ought never to enter a camp Generals of Cabinets are often indifferent captains in the field Go to England The English like wrangling politicians God is only the invention of fear God in his mercy has chosen Napoleon to be his representative on earth Gold, changes black to white, guilt to innocence Grew more angry as his anger was less regarded Hail their sophistry and imposture as inspiration Hair, arranged with charming negligence He was too honest to judge soundly and to act rightly Her present Serene Idiot, as she styles the Prince Borghese Hero of great ambition and small capacity: La Fayette His Majesty did not converse: he spoke. How many reputations are gained by an impudent assurance How much people talk about what they do not comprehend I do not live—I merely exist I have made sovereigns, but have not wished to be one myself If Bonaparte is fond of flattery_pays for it like a real Emperor Indifference of the French people to all religion Indifference about futurity Invention of new tortures and improved racks Irresolution and weakness in a commander operate the same Its pretensions rose in proportion to the condescensions Jealous of his wife as a lover of his mistress Justice is invoked in vain when the criminal is powerful Labour as much as possible in the dark Let women mind their knitting Like all great amateurs was hard to please Little gifts preserve friendship Living ever in the future Love of life increase in proportion as its real value diminishes Make a bridge of gold, or oppose a wall of brass Marble lives longer than man May change his habitations six times in the month_yet be home Men and women, old men and children are no more Military diplomacy Misfortunes and proscription would not only inspire courage More vain than ambitious Most charming mistresses and the worst wives My means were the boundaries of my wants My maid always sleeps with me when my husband is absent Napoleon invasion of States of the American Commonwealth Nature has destined him to obey, and not to govern Necessity is ever ready with inventions No man is, a hero to his valet Not suspected of any vices, but all his virtues are negative Not only portable guillotines, but portable Jacobin clubs Nothing was decided, though nothing was refused Now that she is old (as is generally the case), turned devotee One of the negative accomplices of the criminal Opinion almost constitutes half the strength of armies Paper money, which is the greatest enemy of social order Power of thus isolating one's self completely from all the world Prelate on whom Bonaparte intends to confer the Roman tiara Prepared to become your victim, but not your accomplice Presumptuous charlatan Pretensions or passions of upstart vanity Pride of an insupportable and outrageous ambition Procure him after a useless life, a glorious death Promises of impostors or fools to delude the ignorant Prudence without weakness, and with firmness without obstinacy Rise and decline of stocks was with him the real thermometer Rubbings with eau de Cologne, his favorite remedy Saints supplied her with a finger, a toe, or some other parts Salaries as the men, under the name of washerwomen Satisfying himself with keeping three mistresses only Self-appointed connoisseurs She feared to be distracted from her grief Should our system of cringing continue progressively Sold cats' meat and tripe in the streets of Rome Step is but short from superstition to infidelity Strike their imaginations by absurdities than by rational ideas Submit to events, that he might appear to command them Sufferings of individuals, he said, are nothing Suspicion is evidence Suspicion and tyranny are inseparable companions Tendency to sell the skin of the bear before killing him The more I concede the more they demand The wish and the reality were to him one and the same thing The friendship of a great man is a gift from the gods The pear was ripe; but who was to gather it? There are saber strokes enough for every one They ought to be just before they are generous They will create some quarrel to destroy you This is the age of upstarts," said Talleyrand Those who are free from common prejudices acquire others Thought at least extraordinary, even by our friends Thought himself eloquent when only insolent or impertinent Treaties of peace no less disastrous than the wars Trying to alleviate her sorrow by sharing it Two hundred and twenty thousand prostitute licenses Under the notion of being frank, are rude United States will be exposed to Napoleon's outrages Usurped the easy direction of ignorance Vices or virtues of all civilized nations are relatively the same Want is the parent of industry We are tired of everything, even of our existence Were my generals as great fools as some of my Ministers When a man has so much money he cannot have got it honestly Which crime in power has interest to render impenetrable Who complains is shot as a conspirator With us, unfortunately, suspicion is the same as conviction Would cease to rule the day he became just Yield to illusion when the truth was not satisfactory You have given me your long price, now give me your short one. You were made to give lessons, not to take them.

THE END

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