2 May 1729 - 17 November 1796
Empress of Russia between 1762 and 1796.
I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that is his.
Praise loudly, blame softly.
Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.
I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.
You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.