Think of it, soldiers; from the summit of these pyramids, forty centuries look down upon you.

Du haut de ces pyramides quarante siècles vous contemplent!

Napoleon Bonaparte

Speech to the French army in Egypt on July 21st, 1798, before the Battle of the Pyramids.

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Bonaparte, Napoleon. Quoted in Memoirs of the History of France During the Reign of Napoleon, written by Gaspard Gourgaud. Vol. 2, London: Henry Colburn, 1823. Originally stated during a speech prior to the Battle of the Pyramids [Battle of Embabeh]. 21 July 1798, Embabeh, Egypt.