"Power without a nation's confidence is nothing."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Catherine the Great on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Catherine the Great on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Catherine the Great on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Catherine the Great on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Catherine the Great on Booker T. Washington
"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."
"In politics a capable ruler must be guided by circumstances, conjectures and conjunctions."