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As first consul, Napoleon, who typically worked sixteen-hour days, demanded that the Council of State work with equal fervor. One night, as his councillors' energy began to flag, Napoleon chided them. "Let's keep awake, citizens," he ordered. "It's only two o'clock. We must earn our salaries!"

[While Napoleon's efforts were appreciated by his supporters, royalists took a different view: An admirer once remarked that "God made Bonaparte and then rested." "God," a former courtier retorted, "should have rested a little earlier."]

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