Catherine the Great
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"Catherine the Great" Quotes

By Henri Troyat

history | 400 pages | Published in NaN

Born a little German princess without a drop of Russian blood in her veins she came to embody Russia and as the country moved from war to war and conquest to conquest it was Catherine who became great. Those who served her throne, or her bed, were well rewarded while the serfs were condemned to ever-worsening conditions. Men were instruments of pleasure. The weak had to perish. The future belonged to men - and sometimes a man could have the outward appearance of a woman. She was proof of that. This literary tour de force paints an enthralling picture of Catherine, her seductions, her coaxings and her phenomenal devotion to politics and work, but it also brings the Russian court - with all its intrigues - brilliantly to life.

ISBN_13:9781842120293

Quotes

The crown is heavy, and it is I who must wear it.

Henri Troyat

Ambition is a commendable trait, but it must be tempered with wisdom.

Henri Troyat

Power is not given, it is earned.

Henri Troyat

A leader must always put the needs of the people above their own desires.

Henri Troyat

In the face of adversity, a true leader remains steadfast and resolute.

Henri Troyat

Knowledge is the key to unlocking the doors of progress.

Henri Troyat

The greatest battles are won with diplomacy, not force.

Henri Troyat

History is shaped by the actions and decisions of individuals.

Henri Troyat

To rule with an iron fist is to invite rebellion and resentment.

Henri Troyat

Love knows no boundaries, not even those of rank and status.

Henri Troyat