Martin van Creveld, described Napoleon Bonaparte as “the most competent human being who ever lived”. He was rare combination of will, intellect & physical vigour.
Due to him History of France became the History of Europe. It is impossible to study the History of Europe without reference to Napoleon Bonaparte (or French Revolution).
History of Europe became centred to one Event, one Nation & one Man.
The Event being French Revolution, Nation being the France & the Man Napoleon Bonaparte.
Such was his impact over France & the Europe.
Here are pearls of wisdom & revolutionary ideas by Napoleon Bonaparte that are relevant even to this day:
1. “ There are but two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mind.”
He emphasises on the power of mind. So, if you want to have sustained success it cannot be through sword but your intellect.
2. “Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.”
That is why you must speak & raise your voice. It helps in shaping opinion of the masses. So, make some noise.
3. “Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances”.
Have faith in your actions. They will in long-term make you unperturbed by circumstances. This quote depicts the courage he had in his abilities. Circumstances mould themselves upon his will.
4. “In our time no one has the conception of what is great. It is up to me to show them.”
In this quote he says that no one up till now has seen or has any idea of what “great” really is. Now, he will. Be one of those rare people who change not their own History but the History of Mankind.
5. “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.”
Men are unpredictable. So, it is convenient to judge them by their present acts & most importantly for present only. Do not try to interpolate their behaviour in future.
6. “As a rule it is circumstances that make men.”
Men are product of the circumstances. In most cases it is the circumstances that make people great as they push people out of their comfort zones.
7. “France has more need of me than I of France.”
This principle applies to Corporate Sector as well. As long as you remain dependent on the company there are high chances that you would be subject to exploitation. But once you make company dependent upon you- you are free. So, create dependencies in your favour & not against you.
8.“All celebrated people lose dignity upon a closer view”.
Proximity breeds contempt. Also, it is only when we get nearer to people we can see the negative aspects of his/her personality.
9. “You can ask me for anything you like, except time”.
He knew the importance of time. Let’s also make it a point to spend time with only good people. Don’t spend your time as if you have it in unlimited amount.
1o. “ As for me, to love you alone, to make you happy, to do nothing which would contradict your wishes, this is my destiny and the meaning of my life.”
Lover at heart. He used to exchange letters with his wife Josephine. He divorced her (on not having children) but still continued to write letters to her.
Lovers in the History of mankind had this ability to rise above the standards of the society.
With Great Love,
Er. Amit Yadav