I read this quote in someone's sig on a /. comment thread today:
"What then is, generally speaking, the truth of history ? A fable agreed upon."
The quote is attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, 18th century military officer of the French revolution; and later Emperor of France, and King of Italy. A quick search revealed tons of other wonderful and memorable quotes from him. Some of my other favorites (unsourced) are listed below:
- A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
- All men are equal before God: wisdom, talents, and virtue are the only difference between them.
- An army of sheep, led by a lion, is better than an army of lions, led by a sheep.
- The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, and fools of the future.
- Ability is nothing without opportunity.
- In victory, you deserve Champagne; in defeat, you need it.
- He who is unmoved by tears has no heart.
- If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
- Six hours sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.
- The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.