First health, then wealth, then pleasure, and do not owe anything to anybody.
Empress Catherine the Great,
Go Catherine!Poor people of Russia :c
Here, here! Cathy rules :)
Wise words that still have value. Way to go, Catherine!
Catherine the Great of Russia knew what she was about and had her official consort and her lover to keep her happy and healthy. The lover was not in the background either. I met a direct descendant of Catherine's some years back . She was a very strong charactered lady, with a contained sense of humour and a grip on reality. I felt I had been given a glance through a window that brought to life, albeit briefly, an interesting historical character. http://myword1.blogspot.com
How very interesting, I would love to be a descendant of so great a lady!
You don't rule Russia if your moniker is Ivan the Nice or Catherine the Meek. Look what happened to "nice" and indecisive Nikolai the second! She had to be Great in order to survive!
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