"I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Patricia Cornwell on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Patricia Cornwell on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Patricia Cornwell on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Patricia Cornwell on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Patricia Cornwell on Booker T. Washington
"In my forties, my optimism was boundless. I had really good health and tremendous success which allowed me to do anything I wanted."
"On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea."
"I didn't invent forensic science and medicine. I just was one of the first people to recognize how interesting it is."
"I constantly remind people that crime isn't solved by technology it's solved by people."