Frasi di Caterina II di Russia

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Caterina II di Russia

Data di nascita: 21. Aprile 1729
Data di morte: 6. Novembre 1796
Altri nomi:Kateřina II. Ruská,Екатерина II Великая,Katharina II., die Große

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Ekaterina II Alekseevna di Russia, in russo: Екатерина II Алексеевна?, Ekaterina II Alekseevna , conosciuta come Caterina la Grande, fu imperatrice di Russia dal 1762 alla morte. Fu uno dei più significativi esempi di dispotismo illuminato.

Nata a Stettino, Sofia Federica Augusta di Anhalt-Zerbst venne data in sposa, sedicenne, all'erede al trono dell'Impero russo, il granduca Pietro Fëdorovič, futuro Pietro III di Russia. Con un colpo di Stato detronizzò il marito , alla fine della Guerra dei sette anni. Sotto il suo regno, l'Impero russo accrebbe la sua potenza e visse uno dei periodi di maggior riconoscimento a livello europeo.

Volendo applicare al suo metodo di governo i principi illuministi, di cui era seguace, Caterina iniziò con la redazione di un nuovo codice ispirato alle idee degli enciclopedisti. Affidandosi ai suoi favoriti, in particolare a Grigorij Orlov e a Grigorij Potëmkin, ma anche assistita dal grande successo dei generali, come Pëtr Rumjancev e Aleksandr Suvorov, e ammiragli, come Fëdor Ušakov, espanse rapidamente l'egemonia russa: a ovest vi fu l'annessione del territorio maggiore, ottenuto dallo smembramento della Confederazione Polacco-Lituana; in seguito alle guerre russo-turche occupò la Crimea; all'estremo est iniziò la colonizzazione dell'Alaska.

Ammiratrice di Pietro il Grande, Caterina continuò a modernizzare la Russia occidentale, secondo le idee dell'assolutismo illuminato: s'interessò ai problemi dell'istruzione, fondando il primo istituto d'istruzione superiore femminile in Europa, delle finanze e della creazione di nuove cittadine fondate su suo ordine. Tuttavia la sua politica comportò un aumento del numero dei servi della gleba, con conseguente malcontento popolare e lo scoppio di numerose rivolte, represse violentemente, come quella guidata dal cosacco Pugačëv.

Nonostante queste ambiguità politiche, a causa dei suoi rapporti epistolari con vari filosofi illuministi, che ne elogiarono il governo, il periodo della dominazione di Caterina la Grande è considerato l'età d'oro dell'Impero russo.

Fu sepolta nella Cattedrale di San Pietro e Paolo a San Pietroburgo.

Frasi Caterina II di Russia

„Più l'uomo sa e più perdona.“

— Caterina II di Russia
citato in Selezione dal Reader's Digest, febbraio 1976

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„The Laws ought to be so framed, as to secure the Safety of every Citizen as much as possible.“

— Catherine the Great
Context: The Laws ought to be so framed, as to secure the Safety of every Citizen as much as possible.<!-- Item 33

„Equality requires Institutions so well adapted, as to prevent the Rich from oppressing those who are not so wealthy as themselves“

— Catherine the Great
Context: The Equality of the Citizens consists in this; that they should all be subject to the same Laws. This Equality requires Institutions so well adapted, as to prevent the Rich from oppressing those who are not so wealthy as themselves, and converting all the Charges and Employments intrusted to them as Magistrates only, to their own private Emolument.... <!-- Items 34 - 35

„To tempt, and to be tempted, are things very nearly allied“

— Catherine the Great
Context: To tempt, and to be tempted, are things very nearly allied, and, in spite of the finest maxims of morality impressed upon the mind, whenever feeling has anything to do in the matter, no sooner is it excited than we have already gone vastly farther than we are aware of, and I have yet to learn how it is possible to prevent its being excited. Flight alone is, perhaps, the only remedy; but there are cases and circumstances in which flight becomes impossible, for how is it possible to fly, shun, or turn one's back in the midst of a court? The very attempt would give rise to remarks. Now, if you do not fly, there is nothing, it seems to me, so difficult as to escape from that which is essentially agreeable. All that can be said in opposition to it will appear but a prudery quite out of harmony with the natural instincts of the human heart; besides, no one holds his heart in his hand, tightening or relaxing his grasp of it at pleasure. <!-- Appleton &Co., 1850 p. 280

„The Usage of Torture is contrary to all the Dictates of Nature and Reason; even Mankind itself cries out against it, and demands loudly the total Abolition of it.“

— Catherine the Great
Context: The Usage of Torture is contrary to all the Dictates of Nature and Reason; even Mankind itself cries out against it, and demands loudly the total Abolition of it. <!-- Item 123

„The Grand Duke appeared to rejoice at the arrival of my mother and myself. I was in my fifteenth year. During the first ten days he paid me much attention. Even then and in that short time, I saw and understood that he did not care much for the nation that he was destined to rule, and that he clung to Lutheranism, did not like his entourage, and was very childish.“

— Catherine the Great
Context: The Grand Duke appeared to rejoice at the arrival of my mother and myself. I was in my fifteenth year. During the first ten days he paid me much attention. Even then and in that short time, I saw and understood that he did not care much for the nation that he was destined to rule, and that he clung to Lutheranism, did not like his entourage, and was very childish. I remained silent and listened, and this gained me his trust. I remember him telling me that among other things, what pleased him most about me was that I was his second cousin, and that because I was related to him, he could speak to me with an open heart. Then he told me that he was in love with one of the Empress’s maids of honor, who had been dismissed from court because of the misfortune of her mother, one Madame Lopukhina, who had been exiled to Siberia, that he would have liked to marry her, but that he was resigned to marry me because his aunt desired it. I listened with a blush to these family confidences, thanking him for his ready trust, but deep in my heart I was astonished by his imprudence and lack of judgment in many matters.

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„A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.“

— Catherine the Great
As quoted in Daughters of Eve (1930) by Gamaliel Bradford, p. 192

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„Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.“

— Catherine the Great
As quoted in And I Quote : The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes for the Contemporary Speechmaker (1992) by Ashton Applewhite, Tripp Evans, and Andrew Frothingham, p. 278

„Your wit makes others witty.“

— Catherine the Great
Letter to Voltaire, as quoted in Short Sayings of Great Men : With Historical and Explanatory Notes (1882) by Samuel Arthur Bent, and Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations (1922) revised and enlarged by Kate Loise Roberts

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