The phrase “scientia potentia est“ (or “scientia est potentia“or also “scientia potestas est“) is Latin for “knowledge is power” and is appropriately the motto of the International Honor Society.
Commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon during the Enlightenment, the exact phrase “scientia potentia est” was written for the first time in the 1651 work Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, who was secretary to Bacon as a young man.
Chances are most of us have heard the phrase “knowledge is power” — but we may not fully understand how to translate this into improving our lives in a practical way.
Think of it this way:
Knowledge = Options = Power
When we educate ourselves, we learn new things that we were previously unaware of. This gives us the ability to make better decisions, come up with more evolved and intelligent thoughts, improve the lives of ourselves and those around us, and thus makes us more valuable people overall.
The International Honor Society serves as a clearinghouse of new ideas and seeks to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in school and life
International Honor Society (IHS) is the world’s preeminent organization established to recognize outstanding students. IHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
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