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Catherine II de Russie

Date de naissance: 21. avril 1729
Date de décès: 6. novembre 1796
Autres noms:Kateřina II. Ruská, Екатерина II Великая, Katharina II., die Große

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Catherine II , née Sophie Frédérique Augusta d'Anhalt-Zerbst le 2 mai 1729 à Stettin en Poméranie et morte le 6 novembre 1796 à Saint-Pétersbourg, surnommée « Figchen », puis la « Grande Catherine », est impératrice et autocrate de toutes les Russies du 28 juin 1762 à sa mort.

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Citations Catherine II de Russie

„The Laws ought to be so framed, as to secure the Safety of every Citizen as much as possible.“

—  Catherine the Great
Context: The Laws ought to be so framed, as to secure the Safety of every Citizen as much as possible.<!-- Item 33

„A great wind is blowing and that either gives you imagination... or a headache.“

—  Catherine the Great
As quoted in Daughters of Eve (1930) by Gamaliel Bradford, p. 192

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„The Grand Duke appeared to rejoice at the arrival of my mother and myself. I was in my fifteenth year. During the first ten days he paid me much attention. Even then and in that short time, I saw and understood that he did not care much for the nation that he was destined to rule, and that he clung to Lutheranism, did not like his entourage, and was very childish.“

—  Catherine the Great
Context: The Grand Duke appeared to rejoice at the arrival of my mother and myself. I was in my fifteenth year. During the first ten days he paid me much attention. Even then and in that short time, I saw and understood that he did not care much for the nation that he was destined to rule, and that he clung to Lutheranism, did not like his entourage, and was very childish. I remained silent and listened, and this gained me his trust. I remember him telling me that among other things, what pleased him most about me was that I was his second cousin, and that because I was related to him, he could speak to me with an open heart. Then he told me that he was in love with one of the Empress’s maids of honor, who had been dismissed from court because of the misfortune of her mother, one Madame Lopukhina, who had been exiled to Siberia, that he would have liked to marry her, but that he was resigned to marry me because his aunt desired it. I listened with a blush to these family confidences, thanking him for his ready trust, but deep in my heart I was astonished by his imprudence and lack of judgment in many matters.

„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.“

—  Catherine the Great
Context: 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. <!-- Item 123

„To tempt, and to be tempted, are things very nearly allied“

—  Catherine the Great
Context: 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. Flight alone is, perhaps, the only remedy; but there are cases and circumstances in which flight becomes impossible, for how is it possible to fly, shun, or turn one's back in the midst of a court? The very attempt would give rise to remarks. Now, if you do not fly, there is nothing, it seems to me, so difficult as to escape from that which is essentially agreeable. All that can be said in opposition to it will appear but a prudery quite out of harmony with the natural instincts of the human heart; besides, no one holds his heart in his hand, tightening or relaxing his grasp of it at pleasure. <!-- Appleton &Co., 1850 p. 280

„Equality requires Institutions so well adapted, as to prevent the Rich from oppressing those who are not so wealthy as themselves“

—  Catherine the Great
Context: The Equality of the Citizens consists in this; that they should all be subject to the same Laws. This Equality requires Institutions so well adapted, as to prevent the Rich from oppressing those who are not so wealthy as themselves, and converting all the Charges and Employments intrusted to them as Magistrates only, to their own private Emolument.... <!-- Items 34 - 35

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„Your wit makes others witty.“

—  Catherine the Great
Letter to Voltaire, as quoted in Short Sayings of Great Men : With Historical and Explanatory Notes (1882) by Samuel Arthur Bent, and Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations (1922) revised and enlarged by Kate Loise Roberts

„The more a man knows, the more he forgives.“

—  Catherine the Great
Widely attributed to Catherine II online, this has been attributed to Confucius in published books, but no print sources attribute this to Catherine.

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

—  Catherine the Great
As quoted in The Historians' History of the World (1904) by Henry Smith Williams, p. 423 Variant: I praise loudly. I blame softly. As quoted in The Affairs of Women: A Modern Miscellany (2006) by Colin Bingham, p. 367

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