friedrich the great


These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume: the sweetest honey
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
And in the taste confounds the appetite:
Therefore love moderately; long love doth so;
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow
.” -Act 2, Scene 6 of Romeo and Juliet 

Hey guys! I made another quotes list for the philosophers, since I left some out and there were quotes that deserved their own post. Once again, I hope you like these quotes and think they are inspirational!


  • “The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.”
  • “Intellect is the swiftest of things, for it runs through everything.”
  • “Hope is the only good that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still.”
  • “Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.”

Jean de la Bruyere

  • “Out of difficulties grow miracles.”

Francis Bacon

  • “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
  • “Knowledge is power.”
  • “The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.”
  • “Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
  • “The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.”

Michel de Montaigne

  • “Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.”
  • “A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.”

Bertrand Russell

  • “Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”
  • “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
  • “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
  • “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
  • “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”
  • “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

Alan Watts

  • “You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.”
  • “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”
  • “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
  • “I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”
  • “You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.”
  • “Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.”
  • “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”
  • “No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”

George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

  • “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”

Jean-Paul Sartre

  • “It is only in our decisions that we are important.”
  • “Life begins on the other side of despair.”
  • “The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best.”
  • “Being is. Being is in-itself. Being is what it is.”
  • “We must act out passion before we can feel it.”
  • “Everything has been figured out, except how to live.”
  • “If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.”
  • “There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.”
  • “Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”


  • “He has the most who is most content with the least.”


  • “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Blaise Pascal

  • “Vanity is but the surface.”
  • “Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.”
  • “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.”

Bernard Williams

  • “Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.”
  • “There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”
  • “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
  • “We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.”
  • “Life is supposed to be a series of peaks and valleys. The secret is to keep the valleys from becoming Grand Canyons.”

I said I’d make more and, well I already start making that statement come true!

I want to go with a more historical approach for this “children’s book illustrations”-series, so here is Gilbert in the uniform of Friedrich the Great.

(the floor is taken from a photo, it was not painted.)


Pictures from “Geschichte Friedrichs des Großen” by Adolph von Menzel (1815 - 1905), a German artist and illustrator.

The images are not mine. All credits belong to their authors.

Die Bilder stammen nicht von mir. Alle Rechte liegen bei den jeweiligen Autoren.

anonymous asked:

Wait a minute, I'm confused. Weren't Prussia and Brandenburg the same country? Why do they hate each other?

“As I can assure you, they hardly hate one another - they are brothers nowadays.”

[1785 HRE takeover]

[The Duchy of Prussia was the successor of the state of the Teutonic Knights, and as such was not part of the Holy Roman Empire. When the Margraviate Brandenburg sought to expand its territory and influence, it managed to connect itself to Prussia (and some regions in the Rhineland) through a personal union - the result of a marriage between the margraviate’s son and the daughter of the duke of Prussia. However, the territories were not connected by land and otherwise continued to exist by themselves.

After the 30 Years’ War, Friedrich I. (the Great Elector) reformed his lands which had been ravaged by the war during the rule of his father, and created the kingdom of Prussia in 1701. He was thereby taking advantage of the fact that the duchy of Prussia was not part of the Holy Roman Empire, as the only kingdom allowed within the borders of the empire was Bohemia.

Despite being one of the seven electors of the emperor, Brandenburg was quite poor, as was Prussia. Both regions suffered from very poor soil - in Brandenburg the ground was very sandy, while Prussia’s earth was too muddy for great agricultural efforts. The kingdom was a target of ridicule across Europe even as it rose to prominence due to the fact that its territories were scattered across the lands.]


“- Do you remember our first night together?

- It feels like we’ve been unhappy ever since.

- I have been happy.”

A Royal Affair - En kongelig affære (2012)

“Schopenhauer interpreted high intellectuality as liberation from the will, but he did not want to see the freedom from moral prejudice, which is part of the emancipation of the great spirit and the typical immorality of the genius.”

—F. Nietzsche, The Will to Power, §382 (edited excerpt).

You know, searching for the height of Friedrich the Great in German is kind of difficult because :)) what do you google? “Friedrich der Große Größe” and they will assume you mean his historical ‘greatness’ and I died a little

anyway the actual number I ended up getting was 162 cm (I think that’s 5 ft 4 inches)
so just two centimeters taller than me (around an inch)

Also remember that Gilbert is canonically 178 cm? Do you know what this means? Gilbert would be significantly taller than Friedrich :DD

Prussia's flag (heyyl0's random tidbit of history)

I’ve always liked the flag of Prussia because it just looks so complex, so out of boredom I decided to look up little bits of info about what each part of the flag means. This is what I found out:

  • The color white symbolizes the religious purity of the state’s foundation, the Teutonic Knights.
  • The color black symbolizes determination and the defeating of enemies. 
  • The black eagle itself represents Prussia as a former part of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • If you look closely, you can see the crosses both on the wings of the eagle and on the globe. This represents Prussia as a Christian crusader (but of course, the symbol eventually evolved to become a symbol of the Nazi party over time).
  • The crown and staff represents the glory of Prussia’s monarchs.
  • Lastly, the symbol on the breast of the eagle is not “P” for “Prussia”.  It is actually the combination of the initials (F.R.), for Fridericus Rex, a Latin term for…Friedrich the Great, one of Prussia’s most innovative and well-adored kings.  Thus, this symbol is dedicated solely to “Old Fritz”.

The Great Military Orphanage (Großes Militärwaisenhaus) in Potsdam, founded by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I. It served as a school and care facility for children ages 6 to 16 of dead and impoverished soldiers. Both boys and girls were admitted and given standard education and a trade skill. The foundation which funded the orphanage still exists.

there are some pretty hilarious name translations out there but us germans were deprived of that so for no reason other than i’m bored: les amis with typically german names (ignoring that it’s not their first names pshh)

Enjolras: Engelhart - determined angel (c'mon this is what Hugo would’ve wanted)

Combeferre: Konrad - courageous adviser 

Courfeyrac: Caspar/Kaspar - treasure (a kasper is also someone who is cheerful/jokes a lot)

Grantaire: Giesbert - shining hostage (aka a captive of love?)

Jehan: Jan(nick) - kind/benevolent (basically the German Jean)

Bossuet: Balduin - brave friend (ok tbh I just chose it because it has the word bald in it)

Joly: Johannes - divine/gracious

Bahorel: Bernhart - strong as a bear 

Feuilly: Friedrich - peaceful protector

Marius: Marvin - great friend 

Cosette: Konstanze - steadfast

Eponine: Eleonore - the different/foreign one

Musichetta: Margarethe - pearl