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Kateřina II. Veliká

Datum narození: 21. duben 1729
Datum úmrtí: 6. listopad 1796
Další jména: Katharina II., die Große, Kateřina II. Ruská, Екатерина II Великая

Kateřina II. Veliká, známá též jako Jekatěrina Alexejevna, rodným jménem Sofie Frederika Augusta, byla ruská carevna vládnoucí od 28. června 1762 až do své smrti.

Citáty Kateřina II. Veliká

„Raději deset provinilců osvobodit, než jednoho nevinného popravit.“

„Kdybych žila dvě stě let, dostala by se ovšem celá Evropa pod ruskou vládu. Nezemru, dokud nevytlačím Turky z Evropy a nezlomím pýchu Číny.“ Z dopisu G. R. Děržavinovi z roku 1787

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

„I like to praise and reward in a loud voice and to scold in a whisper.“

„Happiness and unhappiness are in the heart and spirit of each one of us: If you feel unhappy, then place yourself above that and act so that your happiness does not get to be dependent on anything.“

„One cannot always know what children are thinking. Children are hard to understand, especially when careful training has accustomed them to obedience, and experience has made them cautious in their conversation with their teachers. Will you not draw from this the fine maxim that one should not scold children too much, but should make them trustful, so that they will not conceal their stupidities from us?“

„I praise loudly. I blame softly.“

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

„I have no way to defend my borders but to extend them.“

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

„Your letter has drawn me from the solitude in which I had shut myself up for nearly nine months, and from which I found it hard to stir. You will not guess what I have been about. I will tell you for such things do not happen every day. I have been making a list of from two to three hundred radical words of the Russian language, and have had them translated into as many languages and jargons as I could find. Their number exceeds already the second hundred. Every day I took one of these words and wrote it out in all the languages which I could collect. This has taught me that Celtic is like the Ostiakian: that what means sky in one language means cloud, fog, vault, in others; that the word God in certain dialects means Good, the Highest, in others, sun or fire... I asked Professor Pallas to come to me, and after making an honest confession of my sin, we agreed to publish these collections, and thus make them useful to those who like to occupy themselves with the forsaken toys of others.

- Letter from Catherine the Great, dated 9 May 1785, from Curious Versions of Modernity, D. l. Martin, MIT Press 2011“

„Madame, you must be gay; only thus can life be endured. I speak from experience for I have had to endure much, and have only been able to endure it because I have always laughed whenever I had the chance.“

„Very early it was noticed that I had a good memory; therefore I was insistently tormented with learning everything by heart.“ The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

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

„You can be a murderous tyrant and the world will remember you fondly but fuck one horse and you will be a horse fucker for all eternity.“

„One cannot always know what children are thinking. Children are hard to understand, especially when careful training has a custom them to obedience and experience has made them cautious in conversation with their teachers.“

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