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Power Quotes

What power has law where only money rules. Gaius Petronius
Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas. Helen Keller
No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage. Plutarch
The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it. Lord Macaulay
One of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them: It is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves into a position of power should on no account be allowed to do the job. Another problem with governing people is people. Douglas Adams
Dedication and responsibility, Far beyond the laws governed by man, Releases the power within you, To attain all the wisdom of the universe. Christine Lane
Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous. William Proxmire
The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. Abraham Lincoln
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however. Richard Bach, Illusions [1977]
The wise determine from the gravity of the case; the irritable, from sensibility to oppression; the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands. Edmund Burke
You can make those promises with just as much passion the second time around. Such is the regenerative power of the human heart. Marion Wink, O Magazine, 2003
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, President of Yale University
It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable. Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954
Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size. Virginia Woolf
It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak. Eric Hoffer
The mind has greater power over the emotions, and is less subject thereto, insofar as it understands all things to be necessary. Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics
Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them -- this is of the essence of leadership. Theodore Harold White
The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed. Edwin Whipple
This ONLY is denied God The power to undo the past. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat. John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy, 1981-1987
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