However, Napoleon's downfall is derived from his thirst and greed to acquire greater power for himself. This "Power conscience", if you will, had him constantly searching for more, and to acquire more power and rule meant invading upon his citizens' and citizens of other countries' rights.
This provoked not only neighboring countries to intercede, but several of his own officers and citizens to revolt against him - such as when his own trusted security officer turned on him.
It seems as though men of sudden power seem incapable of maintaining their own borders and remembering why they had originally been placed in power. Another example could be Lenin.
He rose to power through enchanting the current Russian revolution, only to fall to greed to possess more rule over the people of his country and belief that all the world should be functioning as he believed under the scewed Marxist fundalmentalism. Tom Michigan : Emil Ludwig, whose biography of Napoleon remains unsurpassed, sums up this extraordinary career with these words: "What a man can attain through self-confidence and courage, through passion and imagination, through industry and will, he attained.
Nikolay California : Napoleon's whole life could be used as an example. An example of all highs and lows possible in a man's life. Victory and defeat, glory and infamy, idealism and tyranny. His way of bearing those burdens, responsibilities, challenges and temptations is remarkable and time-defying. His life is full of the achievements of a brilliant man and also challenges inherent to any human being. Anonymous: Yes. Even when your ideas are correct, ruling without democracy will fail.
No single man, how ever great, can be all to all men. Steve California : I think if there is any lesson to be learned from Napoleon, it is that Europe cannot be united under one rule. There are far too many divergent cultures living too closely together with hundreds of years of history to be ruled by one person or nationality.
Also, the big lesson Adam Maryland : I think that one of the biggest lessons we can get from Napoleon that have applications not just in modern times, but is itself acually timeless, is a reminder of how easily men may be corrupted by ambition and power. From everything I have read, Napoleon was originally a champion of republican ideals. So much so, in fact, that Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated his third symphony to him this was before news reached Vienna of Napoleon's coronation; at which point Beethoven ripped out the original dedication, replacing it with "composed to celebrate the memory of a great man".
Despite his early good works, ambition and power eventually succeeded in corrupting him to the point where Napoleon crowned imself Emperor, after having been appointed to the Consulship for life. Through national referendum, he was chosen by the people of France to be their Emperor. He didn't intimidate his own citizens for popular support. He didn't need to. He did have a secret police and he did arrest political enemies. Their only great-granddaughter, on the other hand, married a Danish count and purportedly raised her children overseas.
Joseph Bonaparte. Flush with cash, particularly once his secretary retrieved a box of buried treasure from Switzerland, he also purchased an even bigger property in upstate New York, with a lake at its center that is now called Lake Bonaparte. At Point Breeze, Joseph housed an immense collection of artwork, furniture and books, as well as royal jewels from Spain, where he had been king from to Charming and refined, Joseph purportedly got along well with the local townspeople, who helped save his valuables when a fire rushed through the estate in At the same time, he hosted a steady stream of Napoleonic exiles and dignitaries, such as Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette and future First Lady Louisa Adams.
Some evidence suggests Joseph may have even declined an offer to sit on the throne of Mexico, which was then seeking independence from Spain. Various nephews came as well. He twice went back to Point Breeze but left for good in His genes, however, lived on in the United States.
Napoli apparently ran this huge operation from a lounge in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. In , Napoli was convicted for gambling and sentenced to five years in federal prison. In July , Napoli was indicted on murder conspiracy charges. John Cemetery, Queens, New York. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This is another quote that is often attributed to Napoleon, but there is no evidence to suggest he ever said the words. If he did, then as an avid amateur historian he probably based them on something Cardinal Mazarin, chief minister of France in the 17th century, said. The above quote is often accredited to Napoleon, but there is simply no evidence to suggest he said it.
However, it can safely be said that the above words belong to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the man who embodies German classical literature. The research of important and meaningful citations is a precise art, which is as fickle in its execution as April weather. Moreover, as we have seen, he, like the rest of us, occasionally pinched the odd phrase from other learned men.What John Quincy Adams thought of Napoleon. John Quincy Adams accompanied his father on the latter’s posts as American envoy to France () and to the Netherlands (). He also, at age 14, acted as secretary to the US minister to Russia. Adams himself served as US minister to the Netherlands () and Prussia ().