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in potentia

Contained within a state of unrealized potential. I do feel like we have a revolutionary product in potentia, we just need the time and resources to make it the best it can be. The same dramatic pathos is there in potentia in the author's early novels, but you can tell the writing wasn't quite strong enough to do it justice yet. The ability to be successful lies in us all, at least in potentia.
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scientia potentia est

A Latin phrase meaning "knowledge is power." Renaissance scholar Sir Francis Bacon is usually credited with popularizing the phrase. A successful life starts with a good education—after all, scientia potentia est.
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