- n. king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786; brought Prussia military prestige by winning the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War (1712-1786)
““The Flute Concert,” and represents Frederick the Great in his palace at Sans-Souci, at a concert with the principal members of court and his household around him.”
“He had no sympathy with this idea of a United Germany which was so powerful at the time; there was only one way in which he was willing that Germany should be united, and that was according to the example which Frederick the Great had set.”
“They were the basis on which the State was built up; they no longer wasted their military prowess in purposeless feuds or in mercenary service; in the Prussian army and administration they found full scope for their ambition, and when the victories of Frederick the Great had raised Prussia to the rank of a European Power, the nobles of Brandenburg were the most loyal of his subjects.”
“Thus the collection of the compositions for the flute by Frederick the Great discovered some ten years ago in the lumber rooms of the “Neues Palais” at Potsdam, and recently published after being edited by Professor Spitta, proves that the royal patron of Voltaire, and the founder of Prussia's military power was no mere dilettante, but a real genius in the art of composition.”
“In the course of refurbishing Mount Vernon after his marriage, he had ordered from England plaster-cast busts of eminent military men, including Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charles XII of Sweden, and Frederick the Great of Prussia.”
“Thus, for example, they would indignantly oppose any attempt at a dictatorship, even if it was represented by a Frederick the Great and the momentary political comedians of a parliamentary majority were incapable dwarfs or really inferior characters, just because the law of democracy seems holier to such a principle-monger than the welfare of a nation.”
“As long, forexample, as the historical memory of Frederick the Great is not dead, FriedrichEbert can arouse nothing but limited amazement.”
“In January 1916, a large wreath with an American flag draped in mourning was placed at the base of the statue of Frederick the Great near the royal palace on Unter den Linden.”
“Many members of the community had portraits of Frederick the Great on their walls, and in one establishment at Manheim he almost collapsed from laughter at an engraving showing a Prussian knocking down a Frenchman, with the caption “Ein Franzmann zum Preuszen wie eine Mücke” “To a Prussian a Frenchman is like a gnat”.”
“Gaetan Vestris, the first of the family, known as the “Dieu de la Danse,” and who held that there were only three great men in Europe, Frederick the Great of Prussia,”
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