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Thus, Napoleon himself stated that he wanted to continue with past aims and at the same time, establish new goals. As his actions show, the Emperor did provide France with a better foundation on which to "institutionalize revolutionary achievements," by providing it with administrative frameworks and thus ensuring that the goals of the Revolution would be carried out fully. It is clear that Napoleon stabilized an unstable society and provided it with a strong authoritarian leader and a republican monarchy. [4: Holmberg, Tom. Napoleon and the French Revolution. 1998. Website. < http://www.napoleonbonaparte.nl/html/body_nap_and_revolution.html>]
However, it was in this authoritarian way of ruling that the Emperor also broke from the aims of the Revolution, and especially from the aim of "liberty." Due to his practicality, Napoleon failed to see that liberty suffered most under his reign. The French desired to safeguard individual rights and property, so they felt that this guarantee could only come with stability, which Napoleon provided, and were thus willing to overlook a curtailment of liberty. In return, Napoleon sanctified "equality" in the Napoleonic Code, a Frenchman's most prized possession. Napoleon felt that, although the Revolution had ended and had achieved important reforms on its own, it was his duty to continue them and institute a way of government that would enable him to always ensure these reforms, and thus other facets had to be sacrificed. [5: Holmberg, P1.]
Napoleon is believed to have loved philosophy, but as a leader, he had to be pragmatic, and in order to do so, he had to both continue the revolutionaries' work, and begin anew, as he states in the aforementioned ambiguous quotation, goals which he actually achieved. Napoleon began as a meager military officer, and rose to be one of the best-known political figures in history. He took a country torn apart, put it back together, and led it to conquer Europe. Though he did not fulfill all his goals, Napoleon did lead France in a period in which a return of the monarchy without democracy would have erased all revolutionary progress. With regards to the French people, Napoleon led, and though he both continued and broke from revolutionary aims, this, to him meant leading well, to which historians agree. And in Napoleon's own words, "To [have] pursue[d] a different course […] would [have been] to philosophize, not to govern." [6: Holmberg, P1. ]