48 Catherine the Great Quotes On Success In Life

Catherine II most commonly known as Catherine the Great was empress regnant of All Russia from 1762 until 1796 – the country’s longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following a coup d’état that overthrew her husband and second cousin, Peter III. Under her reign, Russia grew larger, its culture was revitalized, and it was recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. These Catherine the Great quotes will motivate you.

Best Catherine the Great Quotes

  1. “I sincerely want peace, not because I lack resources for war, but because I hate bloodshed.” ~ Catherine the Great
  2. “One does not always do the best there is. One does the best one can.” ~ Catherine the Great
  3. “The laws ought to be so framed as to secure the safety of every citizen as much as possible. … Political liberty does not consist in the notion that a man may do whatever he pleases; liberty is the right to do whatsoever the laws allow. … The equality of the citizens consists in that they should all be subject to the same laws.” ~ Catherine the Great
  4. “It is better to inspire a reform than to enforce it.” ~ Catherine the Great
  5. 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.” ~ Catherine the Great
  6. “Power without a nation’s confidence is nothing.” ~ Catherine the Great

  7. “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.” ~ Catherine the Great
  8. “Nothing is more difficult, in my opinion, than to avoid something that fundamentally attracts you.” ~ Catherine the Great
  9. “I am one of the people who love the why of things.” ~ Catherine the Great
  10. “The more a man knows, the more he forgives.” ~ Catherine the Great
  11. “I cannot live one day without love.” ~ Catherine the Great

  12. “A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.” ~ Catherine the Great
  13. “I shall be an autocrat: that’s my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that’s his.” ~ Catherine the Great
  14. “I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.” ~ Catherine the Great
  15. “Don’t worry about things you cannot alter” ~ Catherine the Great
  16. “I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.” ~ Catherine the Great

  17. “The most sure, but at the same time the most difficult expedient to mend the morals of the people, is a perfect system of education.” ~ Catherine the Great
  18. “Experience shows that the frequent use of severe punishment has never rendered a people better. The death of a criminal is a less effective means of restraining crimes than the permanent example of a man deprived of his liberty during the whole of his life to make amends for the injury he has done to the public.” ~ Catherine the Great
  19. “You were in a mood to quarrel. Please inform me once the inclination passes.” ~ Catherine the Great
  20. “Any man who doesn’t partake in cigar smoking is nothing more than a weak-willed, meandering oaf, and I would never put my lips to those of any creature, man or beast, whose lips were not fresh awash in the currents of cigar smoke.'” ~ Catherine the Great Quotes
  21. “the title of Queen rang sweet to my ears, child though I was. … This idea of a crown began running in my head then like a tune, and has been running a lot in it ever since.” ~ Catherine the Great
  22. “In politics, a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures, and conjunctions.” ~ Catherine the Great

  23. “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.” ~ Catherine the Great
  24. “If Russians knew how to read, they would write me off.” ~ Catherine the Great
  25. “I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.” ~ Catherine the Great
  26. “Self-interest usually brings injustice with it.” ~ Catherine the Great
  27. “What right can give anyone authority to inflict torture upon a citizen when it is still unknown whether he is innocent or guilty?” ~ Catherine the Great
  28. “[On Peter III:] He did not have a bad heart, but a weak man usually has not.” ~ Catherine the Great
  29. “bad news travels faster than good.” ~ Catherine the Great

  30. “The trouble is that my heart is loath to be without love even for a single hour. … If you want to keep me forever, then show as much friendship as love, and more than anything else, love me and tell me the truth.” ~ Catherine the Great
  31. “I do not love strife, because I have always found that in the end, each remains of the same opinion.” ~ Catherine the Great
  32. “All punishments by which the human body might be maimed are barbarbarism.” ~ Catherine the Great
  33. “You should know our mania for building is stronger than ever. It is a diabolical thing. It consumes money and the more you build, the more you want to build. It’s a sickness like being addicted to alcohol.” ~ Catherine the Great
  34. “I will live to make myself not feared.” ~ Catherine the Great

  35. “If I may venture to be frank I would say about myself that I was every inch a gentleman.” ~ Catherine the Great
  36. “Your wits make others witty.” ~ Catherine the Great
  37. “to tempt and be tempted are closely allied; and in spite of all the finest moral maxims buried in the mind, when emotion interferes, when feeling makes its appearance, one is already much further involved that one realizes, and I have still not learnt how to prevent its appearance.” ~ Catherine the Great
  38. “Men make love more intensely at 20, but make love better, however, at 30.” ~ Catherine the Great

  39. “Assuredly men of merit are never lacking at any time, for those are the men who manage affairs, and it is affairs that produce the men. I have never searched, and I have always found under my hand the men who have served me, and for the most part, I have been well served.” ~ Catherine the Great
  40. “I like to praise and reward in a loud voice and to scold in a whisper.” ~ Catherine the Great
  41. “The use of torture is contrary to sound judgment and common sense. Humanity itself cries out against it, and demands it to be utterly abolished.” ~ Catherine the Great
  42. “Tell a thousand people to draft a letter, let them debate every phrase, and see how long it takes and what you get.” ~ Catherine the Great
  43. “God, grant us our desires, and grant them quickly.” ~ Catherine the Great

  44. “Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful. Marguerite, Countess of Blessington I praise loudly; I blame softly.” ~ Catherine the Great
  45. “In my position, you have to read when you want to write and to talk when you would like to read.” ~ Catherine the Great
  46. “Your wit makes others witty.” ~ Catherine the Great
  47. “I praise loudly and I blame softly.” ~ Catherine the Great
  48. “To tempt, and to be tempted, are things very nearly allied, and, in spite of the finest maxims of morality impressed upon the mind, 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, and I have yet to learn how it is possible to prevent its being excited.” ~ Catherine the Great

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