History of Friedrich II of Prussia: Called Frederick the Great

Chapman and Hall, 1865


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532 ページ - EPITAPH ON CHARLES II. Here lies our Sovereign Lord the King, Whose word no man relies on, Who never said a foolish thing, Nor ever did a wise one.
174 ページ - Sire, that it seems unbecoming my sex, in this age of vicious refinement, to feel for one's country, to lament the horrors of war, or wish for the return of peace.
175 ページ - ... history of every wound, and grow themselves soldiers, before they find strength for the field. But this were nothing, did we not feel the alternate insolence of either army, as it happens to advance or retreat...
480 ページ - Placet, since so many great and learned men will have it so : but long after I am dead, it will be known what this violating of all that was hitherto held sacred and just will give rise to.
102 ページ - Friedrich into great confinement indeed. Friedrich is aware of this Vienna Order; which is a kind of comfort in the circumstances. The intentions of the hungry Russians, too, are legible to Friedrich ; and he is much resolved that said Order shall be impossible to Daun. " Were it to be possible, we are landless. Where are our recruits, our magazines, our resources for a new Campaign ? We may as well die, as suffer that to be possible !" Such is Friedrich's fixed view. He says to D'Argens : "You,...
692 ページ - The old must give place to the young, that each generation may find room clear for it : and Life, if we examine strictly what its course is, consists in seeing one's fellow-creatures die and be born.
238 ページ - Spain means war ; too many wars on our hands ; let us at least wait ! " urge all the others, — all but one, or one and a half, of whom presently. Whereupon Pitt : " If these views are to be followed, this is the last time I can sit at this Board. I was called to the Administration of Affairs by the voice of the People : to them I have always considered myself as accountable for my conduct ; and therefore cannot remain in a situation which makes me responsible for measures I am no longer allowed...
687 ページ - But there, pretty much, his Theism seems to have stopped. Instinctively, too, he believed, no man more firmly, that Right alone has ultimately any strength in this world : ultimately, yes ;—but for him and his poor brief interests, what good was it ? Hope for himself in Divine Justice, in Divine Providence, I think he had not practically any...