Quotes by (Frederick II) Frederick The Great

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If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.
They say that kings are made in the image of God. If that is what he looks like, I feel sorry for God.
What is the good of experience if you do not reflect.
The truth is always the strongest argument. Sophocles Truth is a thing immortal and perpetual, and it gives to us a beauty that fades not away in time.
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.
It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
In trying to defend everything he defended nothing.
I must in the face of a storm, think, live and die as a king.
Our work is to present things that are as they are.