Catherine II

Catherine II
Catherine II
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All persons who dare to incite serfs and peasants to disobey their landlords shall be arrested and taken to the nearest government office, there to be punished forthwith as disturbers of the public tranquility, according to the laws and without leniency. And should it so happen that even after the publication of the present decree of Her Imperial Majesty any serfs and peasants should cease to give the proper obedience to their landlords . . . and should make bold to submit unlawful petitions complaining of their landlords, and especially to petition Her Imperial Majesty personally, then both those who make the complaints and those who write up the petitions shall be punished by the knout and forthwith deported to Nerchinsk to penal servitude for life Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Discuss anything, argue anything, but without bitterness or hot temper. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Equality is a monster. Equality & Equal Opportunity
He who goes ahead is always the one that wins. Leaders & Leadership
I praise loudly; I blame softly. Management & Managing Government
I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and that good Lord will forgive me, that's his. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I shall either perish or reign. Power
It is better to be subject to the Laws under one Master, than to be subservient to many. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Liberty, the soul of everything. Without you, life is dead. Freedom & Liberty
Man shall be judged by his Peers and Equals. For when the Fate of a Citizen is in Question, all Prejudices arising from the Difference of Rank or Fortune should be stifled; because they ought to have no Influence between the Judges and the Parties accused. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
No Man ought to be looked upon as guilty, before he has received his judicial Sentence; nor can the Laws deprive him of their Protection, before it is proved that he has forfeited all Right to it. Justice & Injustice
Russia is a European State. This is clearly demonstrated by the following Observations: The Alterations which Peter the Great undertook in Russia succeeded with the greater Ease, because the Manners, which prevailed at that Time, and had been introduced amongst us by a Mixture of different Nations… Peter the First, by introducing the Manners and Customs of Europe among the European People in his Dominions, found at that Time such Means as even he himself was not sanguine enough to expect.... Miscellaneous
Since those foreigners who would like to settle in Russia will also include some who do not have sufficient means to pay the required travel costs, they can report to our ministers in foreign courts, who will not only transport them to Russia at Our expense, but also provide them with travel money. Immigration & Emigration
The Equality of the Citizens consists in this; that they should all be subject to the same Laws. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The foreigners who have settled in Russia shall not be drafted against their will into the military or the civil service during their entire stay here. Military & Veterans
The Grand Duke never entered my room except for the purpose of pacing up and down it, talking to me of matters which, no doubt, interested him, but had no interest whatever for me …. when he left me, it was a delightful relief to turn even to the most tedious book Families, Children & Parenting
The Laws ought to be so framed, as to secure the Safety of every Citizen as much as possible. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The only way to save our empires from the encroaching of the people is to engage in war, and thus substitute national passions for social aspirations. War & Peace
The Sovereign is absolute; for there is no other Authority but that which centers in his single Person, that can act with a Vigor proportionate to the Extent of such a vast Dominion. Power
The Treaty of Kuchuk Kaynarca [1774] is a success the like of which Russia has never had before. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Usage of Torture is contrary to all the Dictates of Nature and Reason; even Mankind itself cries out against it, and demands loudly the total Abolition of it. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There are no slaves in Russia, only peasants attached to the land. Miscellaneous ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
There never was a woman bolder than I. I have unbridled audacity. Leaders & Leadership
They will form citizens, heroes and geniuses. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
War has had a beneficial consequence for our industry. War & Peace
We are sufficiently aware of the vast extent of the lands within Our Empire, We perceive, among other things, that a considerable number of regions are still uncultivated which could easily and advantageously be made available for productive use of population and settlement. Most of the lands hold hidden in their depth an inexhaustible wealth of all kinds of precious ores and metals, and because they are well provided with forests, rivers and lakes, and located close to the sea for purpose of trade …. We permit all foreigners to come into Our Empire, in order to settle in all the governments, just as each one may desire. Immigration & Emigration
We grant to all foreigners coming into Our Empire the free and unrestricted practice of their religion according to the precepts and usage of their Church. To those, however, who intend to settle not in cities but in colonies and villages on uninhabited lands we grant the freedom to build churches and belltowers, and to maintain the necessary number of priests and church servants, but not the construction of monasteries. On the other hand, everyone is hereby warned not to persuade or induce any of the Christian co-religionists living in Russia to accept or even assent to his faith or join his religious community, under pain of incurring the severest punishment of Our law. This prohibition does not apply to the various nationalities on the borders of Our Empire who are attached to the Mahometan faith. We permit and allow everyone to win them over and make them subject to the Christian religion in a decent way. Religion & God
What is past cannot be rewritten, but it is within our power to rewrite the future. History
You must ... communicate your passion to others and act accordingly, without hesitation when your decision is once made. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
You must preserve supreme calm in the midst of all agitation, never appearing disturbed or anxious about anything that may occur. Leaders & Leadership