Frederick The Great Quotes

"The people say what they like and then I do what I like"

Frederick The Great

"If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers."

Frederick The Great

"Artillery adds dignity, to what would otherwise be an ugly brawl."

Frederick The Great

"Every man has a wild beast within him."

Frederick The Great

"If soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army."

Frederick The Great

"Great advantage is drawn from knowledge of your adversary, and when you know the measure of his intelligence and character, you can use it to play on his weakness."

Frederick The Great

"The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices."

Frederick The Great

"The more I see of men, the better I like my dog."

Frederick The Great

"Great things are achieved only when we take great risks."

Frederick The Great

"A king is the first servant and first magistrate of the state."

Frederick The Great

"To your care and recommendation am I indebted for having replaced a half-blind mathematician with a mathematician with both eyes, which will especially please the anatomical members of my Academy."

Frederick The Great

"Diplomacy without arms is like a concert without a score"

Frederick The Great

"Books make up no small part of human happiness."

Frederick The Great

"It is impossible to imitate Voltaire without being Voltaire."

Frederick The Great

"Though I may not be a king in my future life, so much the better: I shall nevertheless live an active life and, on top of it, earn less ingratitude."

Frederick The Great

"My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfies us both. They are to do what they please, and I am to do what I please."

Frederick The Great

"Always presume that the enemy has dangerous designs and always be forehanded with the remedy. But do not let these calculations make your timid."

Frederick The Great

"Our work is to present things that are as they are."

Frederick The Great

"As to your Newton, I confess I do not understand his void and his gravity; I admit he has demonstrated the movement of the heavenly bodies with more exactitude than his forerunners; but you will admit it is an absurdity to to maintain the existence of Nothing."

Frederick The Great

"Do not neglect the principles of foresight and know that often, puffed up with success, armies have lost the fruit of their heroism through a feeling of false security."

Frederick The Great

"Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer."

Frederick The Great

"Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war."

Frederick The Great

"It is the fashion these days to make war, and presumably it will last a while yet."

Frederick The Great

"Man is made for error; it enters his mind naturally, and he discovers a few truths only with the greatest effort."

Frederick The Great

"It is pardonable to be defeated, but never to be surprised."

Frederick The Great

"A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in."

Frederick The Great

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