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We and the cosmos are one. The cosmos is a vast body, of which we are still parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great gleaming nerve-centre from which we quiver forever. Who knows the power that Saturn has over us or Venus But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time... Now all this is literally true, as men knew in the great past and as they will know again. D. H. Lawrence
Nothing, it appears to me is of greater value in a man than the power of judgement and the man who has it may be compared to a chest fulled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art. Pietro Aretino
There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life. Booker T. Washington
The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas and the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., (dissent, Abrams v. United States, 1919)
The wrong sort of people are always in power because they would not be in power if they were not the wrong sort of people. Jon Wynne Tyson
The preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces what they want is control. Control over behavior power over women. Women in the anti-choice movement want to share in male power over women, and do so by denying their own womanhood, their own rights and responsibilities. Ursula K. LeGuin
If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way. Buddha
When you blame others, you give up your power to change. Douglas Noel Adams
The process of creating new, democratic organs of government power is beginning, and, as never before, the greatest responsibility rests with the broadcast media. Eduard Sagalaev
Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets. Nido Qubein
Lust of power burns more fiercely than all the passions combined. Blessing Irish
Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated. Friedrich Nietzsche
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
This world is the will to power - and nothing besides! Friedrich Nietzsche, The World to Power, section 1064
Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Martin Luther King Jr.
Irresponsible power is inconsistent with liberty, and must corrupt those who exercise it. John Calhoun
Absolute power is the power to destroy. Frank Herbert, Dune
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 H. White, The Making of the President, 1960
Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up. Hannah Arendt
There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past. Noam Chomsky
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