Top 17 Catherine the Great Quotes

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“The more a man knows, the more he forgives.”

― Catherine the Great

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

― Catherine the Great

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

― Catherine the Great

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

― Catherine the Great

“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.”

― Catherine the Great

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

― Catherine the Great

“Power without a nation’s confidence is nothing.”

― Catherine the Great

“I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.”

― Catherine the Great

“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.”

― Catherine the Great

“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.”

― Catherine the Great

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

― Catherine the Great

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

― Catherine the Great

“I am one of the people who love the why of things.”

― Catherine the Great

“Your wit makes others witty.”

― Catherine the Great

“I praise loudly. I blame softly.”

― Catherine the Great

“All this is only for the mice and myself to admire!”

― Catherine the Great

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

― Catherine the Great
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