... 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.”, “The people say what they like and then I do what I like”, “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.”, “(About Cesare Borgia) What cruelties were not the result of his? Share with your friends. 6, pp. But do not let these calculations make your timid. Top. If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing. Christianity is an old metaphysical fiction, stuffed with fables, contradictions and absurdities: it was spawned in the fevered imagination of the Orientals, and then spread to our Europe, where some fanatics espoused it, where some intriguers pretended to be convinced by it and where some imbeciles actually believed it. Follow AzQuotes on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army. I am up and about when I am ill, and in the most appalling weather. 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.”, “It does not pay a man to exist until the age of Methuselah by making his days indolent and useless. Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand. I begin by taking. Cordially, Berichter. Who is the last victim of his crimes.”, “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. Improve yourself, find your inspiration, share with friends. BrainyQuote has been providing inspirational quotes since 2001 to our worldwide community. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to conserve them, and show that crime can only return misfortunes and destruction, including of the criminal himself. 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. I remember the quote from the movie Patton. Danton stands out as a master of commanding phrase. What does it mean and what is its source? ', and '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.' Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. "Alcohol in the Western World" by Bert L. Vallée, Scientific American, Volume 278, No. It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects, and the amount of money that goes out of the country as a consequence. Can one read this without quivering in horror and indignation?”, “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. Little minds try to defend everything at once, but sensible people look at the main point only; they parry the worst blows and stand a little hurt if thereby they avoid a greater one. Scott reminds him of a saying "Lo das, lo das, tu jour lo das." Every day we present the best quotes! My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. "The 100 best nonfiction books: No 68 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass (1845)" by Robert McCrum, www.theguardian.com. In Patton, George C. Scott is ordering an amphibian raid and the man that is to lead the raid wants more time. The more this is reflected upon, them ore the reflector will desire to undertake meaningful and useful actions, the more they will have lived.”, “The Miracle of the House of Brandenburg had come to pass.”, We’d love your help. ~ Frederick the Great”, “He who cannot stand misfortune does not deserve good fortune.”. 31 quotes from Frederick the Great: 'Books make up no small part of human happiness. Scott tells the man that he is a good man, but is too cautious. Everybody is using coffee; this must be prevented. An educated people can be easily governed. All religions must be tolerated ... every man must go to heaven in his own way. Attributed to Frederick II of Prussia in "Civilization: The West and the Rest", Book by Niall Ferguson, 2011. No government can exist without taxation. 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. It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches. “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. 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.”, “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. [Die Religionen müssen alle toleriert werden ... denn hier muss ein jeder nach seiner Fasson selig werden.]. 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. It is pardonable to be defeated, but never to be surprised. One of his fierce sayings has become a proverb. The more I see of men, the better I like my dog. We are made for action, and activity is the sovereign remedy for all physical ills. “We are made for action, and activity is the sovereign remedy for all physical ills.”, “Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments.”, “In my state every man can be saved after his own fashion.”, “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! 70 Frederick Douglass Quotes about Freedom and Progress (2020) Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war. Who could count all his crimes? ', 'A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in. But no man is without passions. Christianity is an old metaphysical fiction, stuffed with fables, contradictions and absurdities: it was spawned in the fevered imagination of the Orientals, and then spread to our Europe, where some fanatics espoused it, where some intriguers … king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786; brought Prussia military prestige by winning the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War (1712-1786) Update this biography » Complete biography of Frederick the Great » I want to get rid of that prejudice.”, “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”, “THE MORE I SEE OF MEN, THE BETTER I LIKE MY DOG." 366 Copy quote Theologians are all alike, of whatever religion or country they may be; their aim is always to wield despotic authority over men's consciences; they therefore persecute all of us who have the temerity to tell the truth. I am on horseback when other men would be flat out on their beds, complaining. May 22, 2017. Aber es ist nicht gerecht, dass er die Hälfte seines jährlichen Einkommens mit dem Staate teilen muss.”, “It is enough", this malicious man tells us, "to extinguish the line of the defeated prince."