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Home » Speeches » Napolean Bonaparte
Napolean Bonaparte

(Napoleon Bonaparte, a Corsican, who started his career as a soldier,became one of the
worlds wellknown conquerors and a great military genius.
On various occasions he gave the following speeches)

On The Occasion of The Italian Campaign
Soldiers: You are naked and ill fed. Government owes you much and can give you nothing. The patience and courage you have shown in the midst of this rocky wilderness are admirable; but they gain you no renown; no glory results to you from your endurance. It is my design to lead you into the most fertile plains of the world. Rich provinces and great cities will be in your power; there you will find honor, glory, and wealth. Soldiers of Italy, will you be wanting in courage or perseverance?

When The Soldiers Entered Milan
Soldiers: You have rushed like a. torrent from the top of the Apennines; you have overthrown and scattered all that opposed your march. Piedmont, delivered from Austrian tyranny, indulges her natural sentiments of peace and friendship toward France. Milan is yours, and the Republican flag waves throughout Lombardy. The Dukes of Parma and Modena owe their political existence to your generosity alone.

The army which so proudly threatened you can find no barrier to protect it against your courage; neither the Po, the Ticino, nor the Adda could stop you for a single day. These vaunted bulwarks of Italy opposed you in vain; you passed them as rapidly as the Apennines. These great successes have filled the heart of your country with joy. Your representatives have ordered a festival to commemorate your victories which has been held in every district of the Republic. There your fathers, your wives, sisters, and mistresses rejoiced in your good fortune and proudly boasted of belonging to you. Yes, soldiers, you have done muchbut remains there nothing more to do? Shall it be said of us that we know how to conquer, but not how to make use of victory? Shall posterity reproach us with having found Capua in Lombardy? But I see you already hasten to arms. An effeminate response is tedious to you; the days which are lost to glory are lost to your happiness.

Well then, let us set forth! We have still forced marches to make, enemies to subdue, laurels to gather, injuries to revenge.Let those who have sharpened the daggers of civil war in France, who have basely murdered our ministers and burnt our ships at Toulon, tremble! The hour of vengeance has struck; but let the people of all countries be free from apprehension; we are the friends of the people everywhere, and those great men whom we have taken for our models. To restore the Capital, to replace the statues of the heroes who rendered it illustrious, to rouse the Roman people, stupefied by several ages of slavery such will be the fruit of our victories, they will form an era for posterity, and you will have the immortal glory of changing the face of the finest part of Europe. The French people, free and respected by the whole world, will give to Europe a glorious peace, which will indemnify them for the sacrifices of every kind which for the last six years they have been making. You will then return to your homes and your country. Men will say, as they point you out, He belongs to the army of Italy.

Farewell to The Old Guard
Soldiers of my Old Guard: I bid you farewell. For twenty years I have constantly accompanied you on the road to honor and glory. In these latter times, as in the days of our prosperity, you have invariably been models of courage and fidelity. With men such as you our cause could not be lost; the war would have been interminable; it would have been civil war, and that would have entailed deeper misfortunes on France. I have sacrificed all my interests to those of the country. I go, but you, my friends, will continue to serve France. Her happiness was my only thought. It will still be the object of my wishes. Do not regret my fate; if I have consented to survive, it is to serve your glory. I intend to write the history of the great achievements we have performed together. Adieu, my friends, I could press you all to my heart. I embrace you all in the person of your general. Come, General Petit, that I may press you to my heart! Bring me the eagle that I may embrace it also! Adieu my children! Be always gallant and good. Do not forget me.

Editorial Team,
Mindfiesta

 
 
 
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