Napoleon. Pensées. Paris, 1913. Bibliothèque Miniature No. 14

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 1915


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Source: Lenin Collected Works, 4th Edition, Moscow, 1976, Volume 38, p. 334
Publisher: Progress Publishers
First Published: 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XII. Published according to the manuscript

The excerpts from Napoléon’s book “Pensees,” Paris, 1913, Bibliotheque miniature No. 14 (Napoleon, Thoughts, Paris, 1913, Miniature Library No. 14) were made in Bern in 1915. They were entered at the bottom of the first page of the notebook containing the conspectus of Noël’s Hegel’s Logic.


NAPOLÉON. PENSÉES

PARIS, 1913. BIBLIOTHÈQUE MINIATURE No. 14

(Landesbibliothek)

NB“Cannon killed feudalism. Ink will kill modern society

(p. 43)....

— — — “In every battle there comes a moment when

the bravest soldiers, after the greatest tension, feel inclined

to take to flight. This terror arises from a lack of confi-

dence in their courage: it needs only an insignificant event,

some pretext, to return this confidence to them: the great

art consists in bringing this about” (pp. 79-80).