"I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.
Between him and every other person in the world
there is no possible term of comparison.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I founded empires.
But on what did we rest the creations of our genius?
Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love;
and at this hour millions of people would die for Him."
Napoleon Bonaparte
(1769-1821) French emperor
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So true. What a wonderful thought and concept.
 -- Luke, Cumming     
    From a man who could inspire devotion. Truth and humility.
     -- Christopher     
    The musings of a little man hellbent on the recognition which immortality might provide. He was neither truthful nor humble - THAT really IS a concept.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
    I agree with the man. Even though he kinda was a bit crazy and maybe too ambitious for his own good, this is just AMAZING. JUST AMAZING.
     -- Tatiana, Loudoun County, VA, USA     
     -- Donal Cogdell, wyandanch, ny     
    spectacular and true
     -- Anonymous     
    Tres bien la quote est magnifique
     -- pierre, Hyd India     
    If only more of God's people were today as they were in Napoleon's day our world would be a much better place... It's a shame that so many have become so faithless and spineless. Regardless of what kind of man Napoleon was, he knew and understood the reality of Christ and the devotion of His followers.
     -- Ramsey Ledford, Valley Springs Ca.     
     -- Anonymous      
    Most of those that founded Empires exalted themselves as gods. Their accomplishments were violently brutal; driven by greed and thirst for power. Emperor Napoleon's quote came when he was exiled on the rock of St. Helena; he was heartbroken. Decades before he had declared, " I do not believe that such a person as JESUS CHRIST ever existed; but as the people are inclined to superstition, it is proper not to oppose them." But now, he was ready to open his heart to the ONE that alone founded His Everlasting Empire upon Love. It is very likely that this wretched emperor became my brother in CHRIST JESUS.
     -- Victor H. Santillan, Houston, TX     
    True. Jesus rocks. Though I wouldn't call Napoleon a genius.
     -- Anonymous     
    If only he would have applied this thought to his rule, nevertheless, I hope he repented before he passed on...He was a great man in history and I hope I could meet him if its Christs will.
     -- James, Medford     
    I think that victor H. Santillan of huston texas is a foll for not believing in somewon like kesus christ. How could you believe that somewon like him did not exhist
     -- Anonymous, ca     
    Amen, He is definately right
     -- Dominic, Port Moresby     
    His life was very interesting and this quote is very inspiring and true.
     -- Melissa, TX     
    Men that create empires with force are doing so for their own benefit (riches,place in history,land mass they annex). Jesus formed his empire/following by showing love for his fellow man/woman through actions, speeches and hope that those following him (12 apostles) would be able to tell his message. Great quote.
     -- goyo americus, kc     
    Napoleon at last recognized what far too many fail to do today in realizing the majestic power and grace that Jesus Christ brought to the people of this earth as the Son of God. In naming several of the great conquerors of ages past, he points out the undeniable fact that all of their achievments together could not replicate those of our Messiah. Even more profoundly, he recognized that Jesus worked the miracle of converting the human heart, not with force, but rather love and compassion! We all would do well to ponder the implications of these words of a man who subjected millions by force of arms and came to such a wretched end.
     -- Gerry, Edna Bay,AK     
     -- B, DUBLIN     
     -- pr, chn      
    In his last hours, Napoleon could still understand and acknowledge the profound effect that Jesus had on humanity. The He could found a kingdom, empire and domain based on love. Napoleon may have been a tyrant and a strategic military man...but he was just a man.
     -- Brittany, Wichita Falls, TX     
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