"The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Is the Hand That Rules the World" is a poem by William Ross Wallace that praises motherhood as the preeminent force for change in the world. The poem was first published in 1865 under the title "What Rules the World". The refrain of the poem is a commonly quoted phrase.
^Magill, Frank Northen; Tench Francis Tilghman (1965). Magill's Quotations in Context. Harper & Row.
^Dickenson, Mary Lowe (1904). "Higher Education and Motherhood". The Phrenological Journal117 (4): 151. "No saying is more quoted than: 'The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.'"