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Quotations From FREDERICK THE GREAT

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  • 1.
    Rogues, would you live forever?
    Frederick The Great (1712-1786), Prussian king. Attributed. Alleged call, June 18, 1757, when rallying his troops at Kolin, Bohemia. Similar words are attributed to Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Daly of the U.S. Marines, who, at Belleau Wood in France, June 4, 1918, is said to have shouted, "Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live for ever?"

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  • 2.
    Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings.
    Frederick The Great (1712-1786), Prussian king. Letter, April 21, 1759, to his brother Prince Henry.
  • 3.
    It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.
    Frederick The Great (1712-1786), Prussian King. letter, Sept. 30, 1783, to mathematician and philosopher Jean le Rond d'Alembert.
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