Catherine the Great Quotes

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I praise loudly; I blame softly.

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Bad news travels faster than good.
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
— Catherine the Great

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Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.
— Catherine the Great

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


Peace is necessary to this vast empire; we need population, not devastation.
— 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


Study mankind. Learn to use men without surrendering to them. Have confidence in those who, if necessary, are courageous enough to contradict you.
— 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.

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