The Apophthegms of Napoleon: Being a Lecture Delivered at the Theatre of the Philosophical Institution, Bristol, February 20, 1854, by Joseph Leech

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Hamilton, Adams, & Company, 1854 - 61 pages
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Page 55 - What prepossession, what blindness must it be, to compare the son of Sophroniscus to the Son of Mary ! What an infinite disproportion there is between them. Socrates, dying without pain or ignominy, easily supported his character to the last ; and if his death, however easy, had not crowned his life, it might have been doubted whether Socrates, with all his wisdom, was anything more than a vain sophist.
Page 51 - But whilst they acknowledged the general advantages of religion, they were convinced that the various modes of worship contributed alike to the same salutary purposes; and that, in every country, the form of superstition, which had received the sanction of time and experience, was the best adapted to the climate and its inhabitants.44 Gibbon is beginning to use the word 'superstition...
Page 13 - I put myself under the protection of their laws, which I claim from your royal highness, as the most powerful, the most constant, and the most generous of my enemies.
Page 29 - We celebrate the first day of the year VII. of the republic. " Five years ago the independence of the French people was threatened: but you took Toulon; this was an omen of the destruction of your enemies.
Page 11 - Let us bear our triumphal eagles to the pillars of Hercules, there also we have injuries to avenge ! Soldiers ! you have surpassed the renown of modern armies, but have you yet equalled the glory of those Romans who, in one and the same campaign, were victorious upon the Rhine and the Euphrates, in Illyria and upon the Tagus ! A long peace, a lasting prosperity, shall be the reward of your labours.
Page 45 - Desaix general-in-chief of that country. I will arrive at Constantinople with armed masses ; overturn the empire of the Turks, and establish a new one in the East, which will fix my place with posterity ; and perhaps I may return to Paris by Adrianople and Vienna, after having annihilated the house of Austria.
Page 29 - Mantua, and you gained the famous victory of St. George. •• Last year you were at the sources of the Drave and the Isonzo, on your return from Germany.
Page 60 - Almighty appeared to have intrusted to him the destinies of the globe, and he used them to destroy. He shrouded the sun with the clouds of battle, and unveiled the night with his fires. His march reversed the course of nature...
Page 55 - How great the command over his passions ! Where is the man, where the philosopher, who could so live, and so die, without weakness and without ostentation? When Plato described his imaginary good man...
Page 30 - Chief : his existence is only made up of yours ; his rights are only those of the people and yours ; his interest, his honour, his glory, are no other than your interest, your honour, andyour glory. Victory shall march at a charging step ; the Eagle, with the national colours, shall fly from steeple to steeple, till it reaches the towers of Notre Dame...

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