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...the world when he was twenty."

I saw it attributed to Napoleon, but cannot find any more specific citation.

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My guess is that it is a shortened variation of Napoleon's feelings here:

"The happiest days of my life were from sixteen to twenty, during the semestres, when I used to go about, as I have told you I should wish to do, from one restaurateur to another, living moderately, and having a lodging for which I paid three louis a month. They were the happiest days of my life. I was always so much occupied, that I may say I never was truly happy upon the throne."~Barry Edward O'Meara (1786-1836), in Napoleon in Exile : or, A Voice from St. Helena (1822), Vol. II, p. 155

O'Meara, an Irish surgeon, accompanied Napoleon to St. Helena and became his physician

It reminds me of an old Jesuit maxim: Give me the child until he is 7 and I will show you the man. Often attributed to Balthasar Gracian (1601-1658) a Spanish Jesuit scholar


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