Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica. He declared himself Emperor of France in 1804. He created a short-lived French empire as he travelled across the entire continent of Europe. He was also a military officer and invaded Russia in 1812, but his allies left him in the battle which resulted in his loss and exile to Elba. After his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon died in St. Helena where he had also been exiled.
Napoleon became famous for his quotes that remind people of his memoirs. Some of his quotes are, ‘France is invaded. I am leaving to take command of my troops, and with God’s help and their valour, I hope soon to drive the enemy beyond the frontier’.
Napoleon’s statement in Paris on January 23, 1814, says, ‘Whatever shall we do in that remote spot, Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time’.
He quoted while on board the HMS Bellerophon in August 1815, ‘I generally had to give in’. He also stated to the Empress Josephine, on May 19, 1816, that ‘I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them. It did me little good to be holding the helm; no matter how strong my hands, the sudden and numerous waves were stronger still, and I was wise enough to yield to them rather than resist them obstinately and make the ship founder. Thus, I never was truly my own master, but was always ruled by circumstances.’