Frederick II

Frederick II
Frederick II
  • Born: January 24, 1712
  • Died: August 17, 1786
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Frederick II was King of Prussia from 1740 until 1786, the longest reign of any Hohenzollern king. His most significant accomplishments during his reign included his military victories, his reorganization of Prussian armies, his patronage of the arts and the Enlightenment and his final success against great odds in the Seven Years' War. Frederick was the last Hohenzollern monarch titled King in Prussia and declared himself King of Prussia after achieving sovereignty over most historically Prussian lands in 1772. Prussia had greatly increased its territories and became a leading military power in Europe under his rule. He became known as Frederick the Great (Friedrich der Große) and was nicknamed Der Alte Fritz ("The Old Fritz") by the Prussian people and eventually the rest of Germany.

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A well conducted government must have an underlying concept so well integrated that it could be likened to a system of philosophy. All actions taken must be well reasoned, and all financial, political and military matters must flow towards one goal, which is the strengthening of the state and the furthering of its power. Management & Managing Government
All European monarchs ought to be the first servant of the state. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
All heretics who continue obstinate, should be burnt. All heretics who repented, should be imprisoned for life. Religion & God
All religion must be tolerated, for this way everyone may get to Heaven in his own way. Religion & God
as wax receives its impression from a seal, so the character of human life is shaped by example. Leaders & Leadership
By the will of Fate wealth influences everything. Rulers are slaves of their means. Money, Coins & Minting ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Catholics, Lutherans, Reformed, Jews and other Christian sects live in this state, and live together in peace. If the sovereign, actuated by a mistaken zeal, declares himself for one religion or another, parties spring up, heated disputes ensue, little by little persecutions will commence and, in the end, the religion persecuted will leave the fatherland, and millions of subjects will enrich our neighbors by their skill and industry. Religion & God
Diplomacy without arms is music without instruments. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Each prince shall possess and exercise in peace according to the customs of the land the liberties, jurisdiction, and authority over counties Management & Managing Government
England is not interested in anything but naval dominance and their possessions in America. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Every man has a wild animal in him. Human Nature
From the oldest general in Europe to the greatest general on earth. Miscellaneous
He is guilty if he wastes the money of the people, the taxes which they have paid, in luxury, pomp, and debauchery. He who should improve the morals of the people, be the guardian of the law, and improve their education should not pervert them by his bad example. Management & Managing Government
He takes the second step before the first Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Honest mediocrity is the most suitable condition for states; riches lead to softness and corruption. States. Nations & Nationhood
I begin by taking. I shall find scholars afterwards to demonstrate my perfect right. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I love war because of the fame that goes with it; but were I not a Prince I should devote myself entirely to philosophy. After all, every one in this world must have his trade. War & Peace
If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If you contemplate some enterprise against the enemy, the commissary must scrape together all the beer and brandy that can be found so that the army does not lack either … Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
My people and I have come to an agreement that satisfies us both: They are to say what they please, and I am to do as I please. Miscellaneous
New markets shall not be allowed to interfere with the interests of former ones. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
No government can exist without taxation.... This money must of necessity be levied on the people; and the grand art consists in levying so as not to oppress. Taxes
One must know enough to respect the public and not to outrage its faith, whatever religion be involved Religion & God
Politics is the science of always using the most convenient means in accord with one's own interests. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Princes, sovereigns, and king have not been given supreme authority in order to live in luxurious self-indulgence and debauchery. They have not been elevated by their fellow-men to enable them to strut about and to insult with their pride the simple-mannered, the poor, and the suffering. They have not been placed at the head of the State to keep around themselves a crowd of idle loafers whose uselessness drives them towards vice. The bad administration which may be found in monarchies springs from many different causes, but their principal cause lies in the character of the sovereign Power
Protector and friend of all the inquisitors Nicknames
Religion is a fraud, but it must be maintained for the masses. Religion & God
Rulers should always remind themselves that they are men like the least of their subjects. Miscellaneous
The Americans have escaped from England. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The ancients called happy those who learned caution from the danger of others Human Nature
The ancients called happy those who learned caution from the danger of others...as wax receives its impression from a seal, so the character of human life is shaped by example Human Nature
The mob does not deserve to be enlightened. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The preservation of the laws was the sole reason which induced men to allow of, and to elect a superior; that is the true origin of sovereign power. Power
The Saracens … since they hold the temple in great veneration, may come there as often as they choose in the character of pilgrims, to worship according to their custom, and … we shall henceforth permit them to come, however, only as many as we may choose to allow, and without arms, nor are they to dwell in the city, but outside, and as soon as they have paid their devotions they are to depart. Religion & God
The serfs of princes, nobles, ministerials, and churches shall no be admitted to our cities Regulation & Deregulation
The sky does not rest more firmly on the shoulders of Atlas than the Prussian State does on the Prussian army. Military & Veterans
The sovereign is the foremost judge, general, financier, and minister of his country, not merely for the sake of his prestige. Therefore, he should perform with care the duties connected with these offices. He is merely the principal servant of the State. Management & Managing Government
The truth is always the strongest argument. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The violation of a treaty is often the only means whereby complete ruin can be avoided. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The word of a private person involves in misfortune only a single human being, while that of sovereigns can create calamities for entire nations. The question may therefore be summed up thus: Is it better that a nation should perish, or that a sovereign should break his treaty? Who can be stupid enough to hesitate in answering this question? Miscellaneous
those who are considered clerics, grown fat on the alms of princes, now oppress princes' sons.... Corruption
Those who are considered clerics, grown fat on the alms of princes, now oppress princes' sons...You and all kings of particular regions have everything to fear from the effrontery of such a prince of priests when he sets out to depose us who have been divinely honored by the imperial diadem and solemnly elected by the princes with the approval of the whole church at a time when faith and religion were flourishing.... Power
We have therefore decided that in the most pleasant city of Naples there should be teaching of the arts and of all disciplines, so that those who are starved for knowledge will find it in our own kingdom, and will not be forced, in their search for knowledge, to become pilgrims and to beg in foreign lands Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We will never cause any money to be coined in the land of any of the princes which shall be injurious to his coinage. Money, Coins & Minting
We wish that in all parts of the Kingdom many will become wise and knowledgeable, by having access to a fountain of knowledge, and a seminary of doctrine, so that they, made proficient by study and observation, will serve divine justice, and will become useful to us, for the administration of Justice and of the laws which we urge everyone to obey Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We wish that in all parts of the Kingdom many will become wise and knowledgeable, by having access to a fountain of knowledge, and a seminary of doctrine., so that they, made proficient by study and observationwill serve divine justice and will become useful to us, for the administration of Justice and of the laws which we urge everyone to obey . We have therefore decided that in the most pleasant city of Naples there should be teaching of the arts and of all disciplines so that those who are starved for knowledge will find it in our own kingdom, and will not be forced in their search for knowledge, to become pilgrims and to beg in foreign lands. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
With respect to the true monarchical government, it is the best or the worst of all others, accordingly as it is administered. Management & Managing Government