Catherine the Great Quotes

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Catherine: How can we trust each other?

Counsellor: Faith.

Catherine: Annoying answer.

Peter: Agreed.

Catherine: I will be the leader I promised myself I would be, or die trying. (Archie and Elizabeth start clapping their hands) Another speech. God, it's pathological.

Catherine: The past must be dead, or we cannot go on.

Peter: Then it is dead. (Catherine punches him) Oooh!

Catherine: Sorry. I may have some latent anger at times.

Peter: Uh, understood.

Peter: To sum it up, we do not want to kill each other, that is clear, so I suppose it is a happily-ever-after kind of future, with much plum dancing and sex.

Catherine: What the f**k is plum dancing?

Peter: I am glad you fell into my clever word trap and asked. It is a ritualistic spring dance where an orgy occurs at dawn as plums fall from the trees above you.

Catherine: Of course, it is.

Catherine: We've had some difficulties.

Peter: Apparently, marriage has challenges.

Catherine: There was some bloodshed.

Peter: Ah, she tried to kill me, with much stabbing.

Catherine: He f**ked my mother with much f**king. We're trying to move forward.

Peter: Close the book on the past.

Catherine: Wake up to a new day.

Elizabeth: Taste this.

Catherine: Oh, delicious.

Elizabeth: When Paul was born your placenta was placed in a barrel of the finest vodka.

Catherine: I just drank my placenta?

Elizabeth: Sweet and strong like you.

Archie: A little yeasty though.

Catherine: An uprising is building. They're burning towns down. What would you do?

Peter: You're the Empress, you say: "We're all going beaver hunting!"

Catherine: You're the worst leader imaginable.

Peter: Spoken like someone who's never seen the joy and comradery (camaraderie) engendered by beaver hunting.

Catherine: Letting all pursue their happiness as they see fit.

Archie: That's a pretty good description of anarchy.

Catherine: I have carried a romantic idea of people all my life. Perhaps too romantic. That has changed quite a bit recently. I saw a great love as a kind of perfect love. Maybe it's not. Maybe a great love, like a great country or a great leader even... is a flawed one. Maybe what makes it great is its embrace of our failings, our scars... our f**ked-upedness... as long as we are questing always for better... knowing that we will bring ourselves down as often as we set ourselves free. Maybe a great marriage is simply the ability to hold all that in one tender, yearning heart.

(At Marial's wedding, Peter and Catherine have little speeches...)

Peter: If I may, I would like to wish the couple well. And maybe add a few words on marriage. I understood little about marriage until I met my wife. Now I know it to be a lot like the roller coaster she herself built, ups and downs, exhilaration, a... a slightly terrifying sense that all will go awry and everyone will die. But in the end you stay on the rails... kept there by gravity and the force of your love.

Catherine: My advice to you is to expect the unexpected. Marriage is both a joy and a place where you will be dealt unbearable griefs.

Peter: If love is strong enough, all griefs are bearable.

Catherine: It doesn't matter why he did it. Or how.

Elizabeth: Of course it does. That's where the human being lives, in the how and why, not the should. If you cannot metabolize your pure ideas of love and philosophy with blood and sinew and f**ked-up humans who do their best and fail but try to love and serve you...

Catherine: Everything in me wants to f**king kill him.

Elizabeth: Not everything. Or you wouldn't have to hit yourself in the face.

(Catherine find out Peter slept with and accidentally killed her mother...)

Catherine: I'm going to kill you so, so slowly, very painfully, and I'm going to say a lot of French words in a perfect accent as I peel your skin from your body and rub your flesh in rosemary salt.

Peter: I can't stop loving you when you talk, it rushes me.

Catherine: Hypothetical. A woman who has loathed you, tried to kill you, overthrown you, and imprisoned you walks into a room... and tells you she loves you. What do you do?

Peter: First try and start breathing again.

Catherine: And then?

(throws himself at her, Catherine takes off her corset very fast...)

Catherine: Velcra.

Peter: Science. Love it.

Catherine: I'm ruthless.

Peter: Love that about you.

Catherine: I can be judgmental.

Peter: You don't think that. You think you are just perceptive and precise in attributing everyone's deficiencies and shortcomings.

Catherine: Hmm?

Peter: You laugh because that is what you tell yourself, isn't it?

Catherine: Sometimes I think you're the only person who really knows me.

Catherine (to Joanna): You are always seeking for me to look at reality. Well, suddenly I am, and it is horrifying. You don't believe in me. I've spent my life trying to get you to... and you just don't.

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  • Emperor Peter, I present this branch of spruce. It is an evergreen, and I hope it will be a symbol of our feelings for each other, that we will be constant and caring all our lives. (Catherine – Ep. 1×01)
  • Ever since I was a child, I felt like greatness was in store for me. A great life, I felt. Like God himself had spat me forth to land on this Earth and in some way transform it. That I was here for a reason, a purpose. (Catherine – Ep. 1×01)
  • Sometimes I’m so f**king clever, I have to take a breath not to become dizzy. (Catherine – Ep. 1×07)
  • I think if God really loved women, we’d lay eggs. (Catherine about pregnancy – Ep. 2×01)
  • I look at you and go dry like sand. (Catherine to Peter – Ep. 2×01)
  • I’d rather choke to death on this tiny chicken. (Catherine to Peter – Ep. 2×02)
  • Oh, you don’t talk, my love. (Catherine to Peter – Ep. 2×02)
  • God would not constrain our hearts, and nor shall I do Him the insult of doing it. I will not constrain people’s love for a deity, for it traps their hearts in fear and I will not lead a land such as this. (Catherine – Ep. 2×02)
  • When you get to France, close your legs and open a book. (Catherine to Georgina – Ep. 2×03)
  • I will be freeing the serfs. Today! And yes, I yelled that bit for effect. (Catherine – Ep. 2×06)


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