At age sixteen, 2nd lieut. Napoleon Bonaparte despaired. Always having dreamed of military greatness, he was enlisted in a military run by incompetent French nobility – one that offered Corsicans little chance of advancement.
“Always alone among men, I come home to dream by myself and to give myself over to all the forces of my melancholy, ” he wrote. “My thoughts dwell on death… What fury drives me to wish for my own destruction? No doubt because I see no place for myself in this world.”
Eventually, he would rule much of Europe.
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