Catherine The Great Quotes

Yekaterina Alexeyevna (Russian: ????????? ??????????) or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great (????????? II ???????, Yekaterina II Velikaya; 2 May [O.S. 21 April] 1729 – 17 November [O.S. 6 November] 1796), was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. She is one of the three women commonly referred to as "The Great", the others being Tamar of Georgia and Gertrude the Great. Born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, she came to power following a coup d'état when her husband, Peter III, was assassinated. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.

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I praise loudly. I blame softly.

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For to tempt and to be tempted are things very nearly allied - whenever feeling has anything to do in the matter, no sooner is it excited than we have already gone vastly farther than we are aware of.

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Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.

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Men make love more intensely at 20, but make love better, however, at 30.

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The more a man knows, the more he forgives.

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Very early it was noticed that I had a good memory; therefore I was insistently tormented with learning everything by heart.

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Your wit makes others witty.

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One cannot always know what children are thinking. Children are hard to understand, especially when careful training has a custom them to obedience and experience has made them cautious in conversation with their teachers.

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You should know our mania for building is stronger than ever. It is a diabolical thing. It consumes money and the more you build, the more you want to build. It's a sickness like being addicted to alcohol.

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The trouble is that my heart is loath to be without love even for a single hour. ... If you want to keep me forever, then show as much friendship as love, and more than anything else, love me and tell me the truth.

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One does not always do the best there is. One does the best one can.

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“I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his.”

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I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.

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I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his.

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“In my position you have to read when you want to write and to talk when you would like to read . . .”

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