Catherine The Great Quotes

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Catherine The Great Quotes

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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A great wind is blowing and that either gives you imagination ... or a headache.

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I like to praise and reward in a loud voice and to scold in a whisper.

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One cannot always know what children are thinking. Children are hard to understand, especially when careful training has accustomed them to obedience, and experience has made them cautious in their conversation with their teachers. Will you not draw from this the fine maxim that one should not scold children too much, but should make them trustful, so that they will not conceal their stupidities from us?

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Happiness and unhappiness are in the heart and spirit of each one of us: If you feel unhappy, then place yourself above that and act so that your happiness does not get to be dependent on anything.

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If Russians knew how to read they would write me off.

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I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.

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In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions.

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

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Your wit makes others witty.

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You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.

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Don't worry about things you cannot alter

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Self-interest usually brings injustice with it.

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Your wits make others witty.

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The most sure, but at the same time the most difficult expedient to mend the morals of the people, is a perfect system of education.

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All punishments by which the human body might be maimed are barbarbarism.

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The use of torture is contrary to sound judgment and common sense. Humanity itself cries out against it, and demands it to be utterly abolished.

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Tell a thousand people to draft a letter, let them debate every phrase, and see how long it takes and what you get.

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