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FREDERICK, THE GREAT (FREDERICK II)
Prussian king of Prussia (1740-1786), military genius and literary patron
(1712 - 1786)

A king is the first servant and first magistrate of the state.
      - [Kings]

A man who can, in cold blood, hunt and torture a poor, innocent animal, cannot feel much compassion for the distress of his own species.
      - [Hunting]

Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
      - to his brother Henry [War]

Every man must get to heaven his own way.
      - [Toleration]

I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.
      - [Tyranny]

I love the lineage of heroes, but I love merit more.
      - [Merit]

If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.
      - [Government]

Of satires I think as Epictetus did, "If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it." By dint of time and experience I have learned to be a good post-horse; I go through my appointed daily stage, and I care not for the curs who bark at me along the road.
      - [Satire]

The finest day of life is that on which one quits it.
      - [Death]

The mountain is passed; now we shall get on better.
  [Fr., La montagne est passee; nous irons mieux.]
      - said to be his last words [Last Words]

When I shall be there, I shall be without care.
  [Lat., Quand je serai la, je serai sans souci.]
      - his inscription at foot of statue of Flora at Sans Souci, where he wished to be buried
        [Epitaphs]


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