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Peter The Great Peter I was bestowed this title of Tsar of Russia when he was a mere 10 year old boy, although it was mostly ceremonial at this stage with the decision making not yet in his hands. Throughout his childhood he was driven by a compulsive curiosity to learn and was the first Russian monarch to receive an education both at home and abroad. Peter was a born leader and he was driven by a desire and ambition to elevate Russia to world renowned status. Always studying he learnt from the great maritime powers of Europe how to build ships, master firearms and develop artillery. He was impressed by Europe and rigorously adopted their policies in moves that would propel Russia forward much to the disdain of the traditionalists who preferred to wallow in their cultural heritage than seek out a better future. He sent young noblemen abroad to study and his foreign based ambassadors were tasked with recruiting specialist workers and designers to go to work in Russia. The Northern War with Sweden saw them gain territories on the Baltic and in 1703 St Petersburg was founded and it was to become Russia's capital until the 1917 revolution. St Petersburg was named and built by Peter and he summoned every stone mason in the land for the building of his great city. Perhaps the greatest Russian statesman of all time he orated some memorable speeches with deep meaning for his people, he was also good for a one liner so here is my compilation of 10 of the best Peter The Great quotes

  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Peter Alekseyevich Romanov
  • Born: 9th June 1672, Moscow, Tsardom of Russia
  • Died: 8th February 1725, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
  • Occupation: Tsar and emperor of the Russian Empire
  • Nickname: He was often referred to as the Father of the Russian Navy
  • Military firsts: He lay the foundations for the Russian navy by personally researching Europes maritime powers so he could build his own maritime force
  • Prominent positions held: Peter I Tsar of Russia 7th May 1682 – 2nd November 1721 and Emperor and Autocrat of the Russia Empire 2nd November 1721 – 8th February 1725
  • Controversy: He is one of the few rulers who actually tortured their own son to death
  • Legacy: He is known as the Tsar reformer for the modernisation program he implemented
  • Trivia: In 1682 upon the death of Peter's elder half-brother (who had no heirs) Feodor III, he was chosen as a 10 year old to become Tsar and leader of Russia
  • Quotes about Peter The Great: The author Colin Wilson said this of him; "The history of the Romanovs is an Elizabethan tragedy that lasts for three centuries. Its keynote is cruelty, a barbaric, pointless kind of cruelty that has always been common in the East, but that came to Europe only recently, in the time of Hitler"

"I desire no fatigues, but only inclination, which even sickness itself cannot hinder" (said to his son Alexi)

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"I am a man and consequently I must die. To whom shall I leave after me to finish what by the grace of God I have begun"

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"I will have you to know that I will deprive you of the succession, as one may cut off a useless member" (said to his son Alexi)

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"Destiny may ride with us today, but there is no reason for it to interfere with lunch"

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"I have civilized my own subjects; I have conquered other nations; yet I have not been able to civilize or to conquer myself"

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"We saw with special satisfaction in what way our illustrious brother was blessed by God and his dear consort was delivered of a child"

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"On receiving the letter don’t unload and sell and also don’t use for your own purposes the goods captured on the English and Dutch prizes without the order"

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"In case you act in the same way in the future, you may lose your life"

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"Exiled to Kazan for irresolute actions and the loss of the ship Vyborg"

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"Soldiers' bellies are not satisfied with empty promises and hopes"

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