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Man of Destiny

(The). Napoleon I. (1761, 1804-1814, died 1821). He looked on himself as an instrument in the hands of destiny.

“The Man of Destiny ... had power for a time to bind kings with chains, and nobles with fetters of iron.” —Sir Walter Scott.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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