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Frederick II of Prussia Quotes

Birth Date: 1715-11-08 (Friday, November 8th, 1715)
Date of Death: 1786-08-17 (Thursday, August 17th, 1786)


frederick ii of prussia life timeline

Seven Years War: Battle of LeuthenFrederick II of Prussia leads Prussian forces to a decisive victory over Austrian forces under Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine.Monday, December 5th, 1757
Seven Years War: Frederick II of Prussia defeats the Russian army at the Battle of Zorndorf.Friday, August 25th, 1758


    • I think it better to keep a profound silence with regard to the Christian fables, which are canonized by their antiquity and the credulity of absurd and insipid people.
    • A single Voltaire will do more honor to France than a thousand pedants, a thousand false wits, a thousand great men of inferior order.
    • Alle Religionen sind gleich und gut, wenn nur die Leute, die sie praktizeren, ehrliche Leute sind; und wenn Turken und Heiden kamen und wollten das Lande populieren, so wollen wir ihnen Moscheen und Kirchen bauen.
    • Avec toute l'algebre du monde on n'est souvent qu'un sot lorsqu'on ne sait pas autre chose. Peut-etre dans dix ans la societe tirera-t-elle de l'avantage des courbes que des songe-creux d'algebristes auront carrees laborieusement. J'en felicite d'avance la posterite; mais, a vous parler vrai, je ne vois dans tous ces calculs qu'une scientifique extravagance. Tout ce qui n'est ni utile ni agreable ne vaut rien. Quant aux choses utiles, elles sont toutes trouvees; et, pour les agreables, j'espere que le bon gout n'y admettra point d'algebre.
    • Kerls, wollt ihr ewig leben?
    • Do you think I take any pleasure in this dog's life, in seeing and causing death in people unknown to me, in losing friends and acquaintances daily, in seeing my reputation ceaselessly exposed to the caprices of fortune, in spending the whole year with uneasiness and apprehension, in continually risking my life and my fortune? I certainly know the value of tranquility, the charms of society, the pleasures of life, and I like to be happy as much as anybody. Although I desire all these good things, I will not buy them with baseness and infamy. Philosophy teaches us to do our duty, to serve our country faithfully at the expense of our blood and of our repose, to commit our whole being to it.
    • Neither antiquity nor any other nation has imagined a more atrocious and blasphemous absurdity than that of eating God. - This is how Christians treat the autocrat of the universe.
    • 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.
    • Je voulus faire un jet d'eau dans mon jardin; Euler calcula l'effort des roues pour faire monter l'eau dans un bassin, d'ou elle devait retomber par des canaux, afin de jaillir a Sans-Souci. Mon moulin a ete execute geometriquement, et il n'a pu elever une goutte d'eau a cinquante pas du bassin. Vanite des vanites! vanite de la geometrie!
    • A hat that let the rain in.
    • Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl.
    • Before I endorse this sentence, I am curious to hear of the measures you want to employ for making a simple soldier pay 2000 Taler.
    • Diplomacy without power is like an orchestra without instruments.
    • I am the first servant of my state.
    • Religions must all be tolerated and the state has to keep an eye that none of them shall derogate the other, because here everyone must find his salvation in his own way.
    • That the arrested man has committed blasphemy is a proof that he does not know God. That he has slandered me, I pardon him. But for his insulting of an honorable member of the council, he shall be punished as an example and be sent to Spandau prison for half an hour.
    • 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.
    • The monarch is a perpetual sentinel, who must watch... enemies of the state... it is not that he should remain the shadow of authority, but that he should fulfill [his] duties.
    • The priest will stay. If he does not want to get up with the others on Judgement Day, he may well keep resting on his back.
    • Audacity, audacity, always audacity!
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