Frederick the Great
An educated people can be easily governed.
Rogues, would you live forever?
Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.
If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.
Don’t forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
He who defends everything defends nothing.
My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please.
I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right.
What is the good of experience if you do not reflect?
It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
Every man has a wild beast within him.
The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices.
A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in.