Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes in Waterloo (1970)


Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes:

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: Never interrupt your enemy while he's making a mistake. That's bad manners.

  • [Observing the advance of the Gordon Highlanders]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Has Wellington nothing to offer me but these Amazons?

  • Michel Ney: Wellington's on the run! I caught him at Quatre Bras! He's retreating!

    Napoleon Bonaparte: If Wellington's retreating, what are you doing here?

    Michel Ney: But, Sire...

    Napoleon Bonaparte: If Wellington's retreating, what are you doing here? Why didn't you follow him? Why didn't you pursue?

    Michel Ney: [Raises voice] where are the reinforcements you promised me?

    Napoleon Bonaparte: [shouting] Don't you dare criticize me! Don't you dare! Don't you see if Wellington's free to choose his ground then everything I've won in this campaign you've lost!

  • Gen. Drouot: [wounded on his horse] The Prussians are in the woods! Blucher is in the woods!

    Napoleon Bonaparte: I made one mistake in my life; I should have burned Berlin.

  • [On Wellington's refusal to move]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: [thinks to himself] This Englishman has two qualities I admire: caution, and above all, courage

    [speaks up]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: He hasn't moved, he's nailed himself to his ridge. Now's the time to move all the heavy artillery against Picton.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: Cross the river. Tomorrow we will dry our boots in Brussels.

    Michel Ney: God willing, sire.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: God? God has nothing to do with it.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: [watching the advance of troops in the distance] Prussians.

    [Ney aims his own telescope]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: That is not necessary, that is not necessary. They're Prussians, but as far as the army's concerned, they're on the moon. Understand?

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: Well they've done it! The whole of Europe has declared war against me! Not against France, but against me.

    Le Bedoyere: They dignify you sire by making you a Nation!

    Napoleon Bonaparte: [laughing] Dignify? Dignify? They deny me the decency of law! They make it legal that any clown can kill me.

    Michel Ney: Well we've fought with mud in our boots before!

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Yes well, I'll discuss peace over Wellington's dead body, that's my peace table!

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: Le Bedoyere, do you have any children?

    Le Bedoyere: Yes, sire; one son, very young,no taller than your boot.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: And if he were with you, would you want him with you here today?

    Le Bedoyere: Yes, sire.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Yes, why?

    Le Bedoyere: So he could see you, sire.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: See me? You know, I have a son. I'd give anything in the world to see him. I'd give my heart, I'd give my life, but not here. I wouldn't want him to witness this battle here today.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: When I am dead and gone what will the world say of me?

    Le Bedoyere: They'll say that you extended the limits of glory, sire.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: The limits of glory'; is that all I have to leave to my son, the 'limits of glory'?

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: [after the defeat of the Prussians at Ligny] The field of honor is never a pretty sight. Nevertheless, sixteen thousand Prussian dead; that's good news to slap on the walls in Paris, eh?

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: I can't believe my ears! You all stand before me waving a piece of paper crying 'Abdicate, abdicate!' I WILL NOT! I WILL NOT, NOT, NOT!

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: [in pain from the early stages of stomach cancer] My body is dying, but my mind is still good!

  • [Bonaparte is facing down Louis XVIII's artillery, unarmed]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Soldiers of the fifth. Do you recognise me?


    Napoleon Bonaparte: If you want to kill your Emperor? Here I am.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: What's he doing? What's Ney doing? What's happening? Can't I leave the field for a minute? What's he doing there? How can a man go forward with the cavalry without infantry support? What's the matter with you?

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: [dictating a letter] To my dear Prince Alexis... I did not "usurp" the crown. I found it, in the gutter, and I, I picked it up with my sword, and it was the people, Alexis, the people who put it on my head. He who saves a nation violates no law.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: I want my family to be well established. Joseph, particularly. The rest must wait until the victorious culmination of my campaign in Italy.

    Desiree Clary: And you think you can do with people precisely what you want? That life is as you say it is?

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Have you ever heard of a thing called destiny, Désirée?

  • [last lines]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: I have a message for Sergeant Justin Bommell.

    Gendarme: You wish to speak with him?

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Just the message. And I'd like to leave this.

    [puts a box on the counter; the gendarme looks inside and sees an Imperial Guard uniform]

    Gendarme: You were here before, weren't you? I recognize you.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: The message should read, "Eugene Lenormand is dead..."

    [the gendarme starts to write]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: No, not that.

    [thinks for a moment]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: "Eugene Lenormand... has moved on. He left this to remember him by."

  • Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut: I bought it from a lawyer who went bankrupt.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Well, that's something. I didn't know that was possible.

  • [Napoleon slips outside Pumpkin's door and hits his head on the cobblestones]

    Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut: Sergeant! Sergeant Lenormand, are you all right? Can you hear me?

    [No response]

    Dr. Lambert: Listen to me. How many fingers can you see?

    [No response]

    Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut: What is your name?

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Emperor Napoleon.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: Six years of English cooking... six years of staring at these dreary walls... and at your gloomy face. You're quite ugly, did you know that? I haven't had the heart to tell you.

    Louis Marchand: Yes, sire.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: I am Napoleon!

    Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut: No, you're not Napoleon! I hate Napoleon! He's filled France with widows and orphans! He took my husband! I won't let him take you.

  • Montholon: You will of course be traveling incognito...

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Yes, of course incognito, but in what capacity will I be traveling?

    Montholon: Uh... a galley hand.

    [Napoleon glares]

    Montholon: It is in the utmost need, Sire.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Even so, surely something above decks would have been more appropriate.

  • [first lines]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: No, that's not it. That's not right. Let me tell you what really happened...

  • [Napoleon looks at his double, Eugene, a lowly deckhand - both characters played by Ian Holm]

    Napoleon Bonaparte: What are we going to do?

    Montholon: Sire?

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Well, he looks *nothing* like me.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: They've changed my battlefield.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: I had rather sleep in the gutter than spend one night under an inhospitable roof!

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: I am a man who can be killed, but not insulted!

  • Napoleon Bonaparte: I am not Eugene! Eugene Lenormand is nothing! A nobody!

    Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut: He is everything to me.

  • Fouché: [Last lines] Robespierre planned on having statues built of himself. But all he leaves behind him... is stale bread.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: [His face isn't shown] The end is always being put to some use in France, citizen. The art of being a Frenchman is knowing what comes next.

    Fouché: Have you any idea?

    Napoleon Bonaparte: I am neither a Frenchman nor a politician. I am merely a soldier.

    Fouché: Well, my friend, I must be off. Perhaps we shall meet again some time.

    Fouché: [stops, turns around] Oh, uh, by the way, I don't believe I got your name.

    Napoleon Bonaparte: My name is Bonaparte. Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Fouché: Napoleon Bonaparte. I'll try to remember that.

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