In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions
Men make love more intensely at 20, but make love better, however, at 30 - Men make love more intensely at 20, but make love better, however, at 30 - Catherine II of Russia
Your wit makes others witty.
I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.
In my position you have to read when you want to write and to talk when you would like to read.
I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.
I am one of the people who love the why of things.
In a State or Assemblage of People that live together in a Community, where there are Laws, Liberty can only consist in doing that which every One ought to do, and not to be constrained to do that which One ought not to do.
Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.
A Man ought to form in his own Mind an exact and clear Idea of what Liberty is. Liberty is the Right of doing whatsoever the Laws allow: And if any one Citizen could do what the Laws forbid, there would be no more Liberty; because others would have an equal Power of doing the same.
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.
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.
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.
From the age of ten, Peter III was partial to drink.
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.