"There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit.
In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit."
Napoleon Bonaparte
(1769-1821) French emperor
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I'm not sure this is true anymore. The sword, used long enough and not so much that it's obvious, kills the spirit.
 -- D M, Bozeman     
    But if used for a great length of time, the sword feeds the spirit. Thus.. in the end... the spirit will always subdue the sword
     -- Christopher Cobb     
    The spirit, behind the sword........conquers evil, and wins. Well, what should we expect, it came from France.
     -- Kimo, USA     
     -- HCS, FL      
    Sometimes the spirit needs to fight fire with fire.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    hmm, the spirit here would have to be defined but, OK, I'll go along with that. Love, truth, and other absolutes will eventually raise their head (individual and/or in concert) to arrest evil when it becomes sufficiently unbearable.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    He must have been using this philosophy at Waterloo.
     -- warren, olathe     
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