Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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

Written: 1915
Source: Lenin’s 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
Translated: Clemence Dutt
Edited: Stewart Smith
Original Transcription & Markup: K. Goins (2008)
Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2008). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit “Marxists Internet Archive” as your source.

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.
Note that this document has undergone special formating to ensure that Lenin’s sidenotes fit on the page, marking as best as possible where they were located in the original manuscript.




“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).


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