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Power Quotes

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton, in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, April 3, 1887.
As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius-- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
There are two ways of resisting war: the legal way and the revolutionary way. The legal way involves the offer of alternatinve service not as a privilege for a few but as a right for all. The revolutionary view involves an uncompromising resistance, with a view to breaking the power of militarism in time of peace or the resources of the state in time of war. Albert Einstein
The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why do we love the sea It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. Robert Henri
The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection. Henry Ward Beecher, "Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit", 1887
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. The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary. C. C. Colton
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills Kahlil Gibran
No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage. Plutarch
Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt nine out of ten have the inclination. Paul Aubuchon
If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure? Harry Shearer
It is not necessary for all men to be great in action. The greatest and sublimest power is simple patience. Horace Bushnell
There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. Cornelius Tacitus
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
What an immense power over the life is the power of possessing distinct aims. The voice, the dress, the look, the very motions of a person, define and alter when he or she begins to live for a reason. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. Johann von Goethe
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted Author Unknown
When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timourous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence a Samuel Johnson
Men who accomplish great things in the industrial world are the ones who have faith in the money producing power of ideas. Charles Fillmore
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