Frederick II Quotes

If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks.

If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.

He who defends everything defends nothing.

Negotiations without weapons are like music without instruments.

Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments.

It is disgusting to note the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. Everybody is using coffee. If possible this must be prevented. My people must drink beer.

Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl.