Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.
As quoted in And I Quote : The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes for the Contemporary Speechmaker (1992) by Ashton Applewhite, Tripp Evans, and Andrew Frothingham, p. 278
I like to praise and reward loudly, to blame quietly.Catherine The Great
I will live to make myself not feared.Catherine The Great
Assuredly men of merit are never lacking at any time, for those are the men who manage affairs, and it is affairs that produce the men. I have never searched, and I have always found under my hand the men who have served me, and for the most part I have been well served.Catherine The Great
A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.Catherine The Great
You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.Catherine The Great