Dogs, would you live forever?

[Kerls, wollt ihr ewig leben?]

Frederick II (1712-1786) King of Prussia (a.k.a. Frederick the Great)
(Attributed) (18 Jun 1757)

Rallying call to retreating Prussian troops at the Battle of Kolin.


  • Rogues, would you live forever? [Ihr Racke, wollen sie ewig leben?]
  • Rascals, do you want to live forever? [Kerls, wollt ihr denn ewig leben?]

The phrase has been attributed to various commanders since.

Added on 29-Nov-09 | Last updated 29-Nov-09
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