Frederick The Great

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Frederick II (24 January 1712 – 17 August 1786) was a King in Prussia (1740–1772) and a King of Prussia (1772–1786) from the Hohenzollern dynasty. He is best known for his brilliance in military campaigning and organization of Prussian armies. He became known as Frederick the Great and was nicknamed Der Alte Fritz ("Old Fritz").

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  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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...
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