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“Books make up no small part of human happiness.”
Frederick the Great
“A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in.”
Frederick The Great
“He who defends everything, defends nothing.”
Frederick the Great
“The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices.”
Frederick the Great
“Diplomacy without arms is like a concert without a score”
Frederick the Great
“Nowadays it is seen as a shame, to marry a girl who is a mother, who has never been married. I want to get rid of that prejudice.”
Friedrich der große, Erster Diener Seines Staates: Friedrich Der Grosse In Ausgewählten Zitaten
“It has been said by a certain general, that the first object in the establishment of an army ought to be making provision for the belly, that being the basis and foundation of all operations”
Frederick the Great
“THE MORE I SEE OF MEN, THE BETTER I LIKE MY DOG." ~ Frederick the Great”
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 maintain the existence of Nothing.

[Letter to Voltaire, 25 Nov. 1777]
Frederick the Great
“Quand je serai là, je serai sans souci”
Frederick the Great
“We are made for action, and activity is the sovereign remedy for all physical ills.”
Frederick II of Prussia
“He who cannot stand misfortune does not deserve good fortune.”
Frederick the Great
“Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments.”
Frederick the Great
“Die Religionen Müsen alle Tolleriret werden und Mus der fiscal nuhr das auge darauf haben, das keine der andern abruch Tuhe, den hier mus ein jeder nach Seiner Fasson Selich werden!"

[Rand-Verfügung des Königs zum Immediat-Bericht des Geistlichen Departements: Katholische Schulen und Proselytenmacherei; Berlin, 22. Mai 1740]
Frederick the Great
“The people say what they like and then I do what I like”
Frederick the Great
“But France's powerful armies, and a very large number of fortresses, ensure that the French Sovereign will possess the throne forever, and they do not have anything to fear now concerning internal wars or their neighbors invading France.”
Frederick the Great, Anti-Machiavel
“The floods which devastate regions, the fire of the lightning which reduces cities to ashes, the poison of the plague which afflicts provinces, are not as disastrous in the world as the dangerous morals and unrestrained passions of the kings:”
Frederick the Great, The Anti Machiavel of Frederick the Great
“A prince ... is only the first servant of the state, who is obliged to act with probity and prudence. ... As the sovereign is properly the head of a family of citizens, the father of his people, he ought on all occasions to be the last refuge of the unfortunate.”
Frederick II of Prussia
“„Eine Regierung muss sparsam sein, weil das Geld, das sie erhält, aus dem Blut und Schweiß ihres Volkes stammt. Es ist gerecht, dass jeder einzelne dazu beiträgt, die Ausgaben des Staates tragen zu helfen. Aber es ist nicht gerecht, dass er die Hälfte seines jährlichen Einkommens mit dem Staate teilen muss.”
Friedrich der große, Zeitlose Weisheiten des Preussenkönig
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“In my state every man can be saved after his own fashion.”
Frederick the Great
“It is enough", this malicious man tells us, "to extinguish the line of the defeated prince." Can one read this without quivering in horror and indignation?”
Frederick the Great, Anti-Machiavel
“Compare Holland with Russia; you see only marshy and sterile islands in the former, which rise from the center of the ocean: a small republic which is only 48 miles length by 40 wide. But this small body is the very nerve-center of the region: immense people live in it, and these industrious people are both powerful and rich. They shook the yoke of the Spanish domination, which was then the most formidable monarchy of Europe. The trade of this republic extends to the ends of the world; and new trade appears almost immediately; it can maintain in times of war an army fifty thousand men, without counting a many and well maintained fleet.”
Frederick the Great, Anti-Machiavel
“If the men were without passions, it would be forgivable to see Machiavel try to give some to them; he would be the new [[Prometheus]] bringing celestial fire to breathe life into robots. But no man is without passions. When they are moderated, they are the heart of the enterprise; but when the brake is stripped of them, they are its destruction.”
Frederick the Great, Anti-Machiavel
“(About Cesare Borgia) What cruelties were not the result of his? Who could count all his crimes? Such was the man that Machiavel prefers to all the great geniuses of his time, and to the heroes of antiquity, and of which he finds the life and action make a good example for those that fortune favors.”
Frederick the Great, Anti-Machiavel
“If it is bad to debase the innocence of a private individual, whose influence on the affairs of the world is minimal, it is much more to pervert some prince who must control his people, administer justice, and set an example for their subjects;”
Frederick the Great, The Anti Machiavel of Frederick the Great
“The cruel man is of misanthropic temperament, and is a man of moods, oscillating from quiet brooding to sudden explosions. If a man like this does not fight this unhappy provision of his soul during his youth, under no circumstances could he a void becoming furious - and foolish. There are those who would leave it up to God, but to ensure justice on the earth, and not fob it off to the Divinity, it is mandatory that people know both virtue and its benefits, since the virtues lead to unity among them, not the war of all against all. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to conserve them, and show that crime can only return misfortunes and destruction, including of the criminal himself. Who is the last victim of his crimes.”
Frederick the Great, Anti-Machiavel
“Just as people are born, live a time, and die by diseases or old age, in the same way republics are formed, flower a few centuries, and perish finally by the audacity of a citizen, or by the weapons of their enemies. All has their period; all empires, and largest monarchies even, have only so much time: the republics feel continually that this time will arrive, and they look at any too-powerful family as the carriers of a disease which will give them the blow of death.”
Frederick the Great, Anti-Machiavel
“It does not pay a man to exist until the age of Methuselah by making his days indolent and useless. The more this is reflected upon, them ore the reflector will desire to undertake meaningful and useful actions, the more they will have lived.”
Frederick the Great, Anti-Machiavel
“The Miracle of the House of Brandenburg had come to pass.”
Frederick the Great
tags: war
“The Prussian army always attacks.”
Frederick the Great


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