Portrait of Frederick the Great;
By Anton Graff, 1781
King of Prussia
|Reign||31 May 1740 â€“ 17 August 1786|
|Predecessor||Frederick William I|
|Successor||Frederick William II|
24 January 1712|
|Died||17 August 1786
|Spouse||Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-WolfenbÃ¼ttel-Bevern|
|House||House of Hohenzollern|
|Father||Frederick William I of Prussia|
|Mother||Sophia Dorothea of Hanover|
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.
Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please.
I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.
It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.
Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.