"No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Booker T. Washington
"It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures."
"Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth."
"The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age."
"It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone."
"Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected."