Catherine II of Russia who is also known as ‘Catherine the Great’ was one of the few female rulers of the time who ruled Russia for the longest period. She was one of the most influential rulers of Russia which helped in expanding Russian borders. Under her rule, Russian empire was extended to south and west which added territories including Crimea, Belarus and Lithuania. Being a social and political reformer, she organized the Legislative Commission to arrange Russian law and in the process modified Russia and had great influence in modernizing Russia. ‘The Catherine’ era was also known as the ‘Golden era of Russian Empire’ and Russian Nobility. During this period, she constructed mansions for the nobility, ‘The Freedom Manifesto of the Nobility’ was issued and Catherine approved to free Russian nobles from military services and thus changed the face of Russia. Catherine had great interest in education and culture. Reading was her favorite pastime. She also maintained a good relation with Voltaire and Diderot; two of the most prominent thinkers of that time. As a strong supporter of art, she supported the idea of ‘The Enlightment’ and it was during this time that the ‘Smolny Institute’ (the first stated financed higher education institution for women) was established. During her long rule, she spoke about various spheres of life and politics. We have curated some of the most relevant and famous quotes and thoughts buy Catherine the Great.