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Catherine II
April 21, 1729 - November 6, 1796
Nationality: Russian
Category: Statesman
Subcategory: Russian Statesman

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


Your wit makes others witty.


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.


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


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


Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.


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


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


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


The more a man knows, the more he forgives.


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


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