Quotes by: Frederick the Great

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Frederick II
Portrait of Frederick the Great;
By Anton Graff, 1781
King of Prussia Elector of Brandenburg
Reign 31 May 1740 – 17 August 1786
Predecessor Frederick William I
Successor Frederick William II
Chief Ministers
Born (1712-01-24)24 January 1712
Berlin, Prussia
Died 17 August 1786(1786-08-17) (aged 74)
Potsdam, Prussia
Burial Sanssouci, Potsdam
Spouse Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern
House House of Hohenzollern
Father Frederick William I of Prussia
Mother Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
Religion Calvinist

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
Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
Frederick the Great
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.
Frederick the Great
I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.
Frederick the Great
It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
Frederick the Great
If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.
Frederick the Great
Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.
Frederick the Great
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