Life of Napoleon Buonaparte: With a Preliminary View of the French Revolution, Volume 3

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Page 15 - The patience with which you support your hardships among these barren rocks is admirable, but it cannot procure you glory. I am come to lead you into the most fertile plains that the sun beholds — Rich provinces, opulent towns, all shall be at your disposal — Soldiers, with such a prospect before you, can you fail in courage and constancy ?" This was showing the deer to the hound when the leash is about to be slipped.
Page 327 - The Mamelukes advanced with the utmost speed, and corresponding fury, and charged with horrible yells. They disordered one of the French squares of infantry, which would have been sabred in an instant, but that the mass of this fiery militia was a little behind the advanced guard. The French had a moment to restore order, and used it. The combat then in some degree resembled that, which nearly twenty years afterwards, took place at...
Page 202 - The Kings of Sardinia and Naples, the Pope, and the Duke of Parma, are separated from the coalition. You have expelled the English from Leghorn, Genoa, and Corsica. Still higher destinies await you. You will prove yourselves worthy of them. Of all the foes who combined to stifle our republic in its birth, the emperor alone remains.
Page 321 - They are an invincible people, inhabiting a burning desert, mounted on the fleetest horses in the world, and full of courage. They live with their wives and children in flying camps, which are never pitched two nights together in the same place. They are horrible savages, and yet they have some notion of gold and silver ! a small quantity of it serves to excite their admiration.
Page 429 - They will prosper in their fortune and their rank. Happy those who shall be neuter : they will have time to get acquainted with us, and will end by siding with us.
Page 122 - In the deep silence of a beautiful moon-light night," said the Emperor, " a dog leaping suddenly from beneath the clothes of his dead master, rushed upon us, and then immediately returned to his hiding-place, howling piteously. He alternately licked his master's hand, and ran towards us, as if at once soliciting aid and seeking revenge.
Page 324 - English •workmanship — their plumed turbans waving in the air, and their rich dresses and arms glittering in the sun. Entertaining a high contempt for the French force, as consisting almost entirely of infantry, this splendid barbaric chivalry watched every opportunity for charging them, .nor did a single straggler escape the unrelenting edge of their sabres.
Page 53 - Apennines ; you have overthrown and dispersed all that dared to oppose your march. Piedmont, rescued from Austrian tyranny, is left to its natural sentiments of regard and friendship to the French. Milan is yours ; and the republican standard is displayed throughout all Lombardy. The dukes of Parma and Modena are indebted for their political existence only to your generosity. The army, which so proudly menaced you, has had no other barrier than its dissolution to oppose your invincible courage.
Page 335 - ... every thing. Mankind appear colder and more selfish than they really are. In this situation we feel that, if nothing obliged us to live, it would be much best to die ; but when, after this first thought, we press our children to our hearts, tears and tender...
Page 429 - Mussulmans ! Is it not we, who have destroyed the Knights of Malta, because these madmen believed that...

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