quotes about power

Cool Quotes About Power

Quotes about power.


Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well. A. Bartlett Giamatti


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln


You see what power is – holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them!   Amy Tan


The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good. Baltasar Gracian


To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. Charles Caleb Colton


It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. David Brin


Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.  Dr. Thomas Fuller


Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. Elie Wiesel


It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable. Eric Hoffer


There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutionsto cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.Eric Hoffer

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure? Harry Shearer


The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. Henrik Ibsen


Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.  James A. Garfield


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The essence of government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.   James Madison


The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.   James Madison


Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.   John Lehman


One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.   John Stuart Mill


The secret of all power is – save your force. If you want high pressure you must choke off waste.   Joseph Farrell


The one thing a creator can bring to the table when everybody else has all the money and power is centeredness and the ability to walk away. Never sit at a table you can’t walk away from.   Joss Whedon,


If power was an illusion, wasn’t weakness necessarily one also?   Lois McMaster Bujold


Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.   Lord Acton


The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.   Lord Macaulay


Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power.   Malcolm X


The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use – of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.   Robert F. Kennedy


Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.   Seneca


Knowledge is power.   Sir Francis Bacon


We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.   Stephen Vincent Benet

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