Quotes by Frederick the Great

Rogues, would you live forever?
- Frederick the Great
Every man has a wild beast within him.
- Frederick the Great
He who defends everything defends nothing.
- Frederick the Great
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An educated people can be easily governed.
- Frederick the Great
A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in.
- Frederick the Great
What is the good of experience if you do not reflect?
- Frederick the Great
Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.
- Frederick the Great
I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.
- Frederick the Great
If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.
- Frederick the Great
Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
- Frederick the Great
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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
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
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