"In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Catherine the Great on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Catherine the Great on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Catherine the Great on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Catherine the Great on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Catherine the Great on Joseph Stalin
"I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all."
"I beg you take courage the brave soul can mend even disaster."
"I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his."
"A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache."
"Power without a nation's confidence is nothing."