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Power Quotes

Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken. Abigail Adams
I believe in one thing only, the power of the human will. Joseph Stalin
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. William Hazlitt
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason. Lord Acton
The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed. Edwin Whipple
The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation?s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us. John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963 - Source JFK Library, Boston, Mass.
The power to tax, once conceded, has no limits; it contains until it destroys. Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
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
I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do? Ronnie Shakes
People are the common denominator of progress. So... no improvement is possible with unimproved people, and advance is certain when people are liberated and educated. It would be wrong to dismiss the importance of roads, railroads, power plants, mills, and the other familiar furniture of economic development.... But we are coming to realize... that there is a certain sterility in economic monuments that stand alone in a sea of illiteracy. Conquest of illiteracy comes first. John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (1958)
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
This ONLY is denied God The power to undo the past. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
Women have more strengths in their looks than we have in our laws, and more power in their tears than we have by our arguments. Saville
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. Meryl Streep
Anger without power is folly. German Proverb
Physics does not change the nature of the world it studies, and no science of behavior can change the essential nature of man, even though both sciences yield technologies with a vast power to manipulate their subject matters. B. F. Skinner
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aelius Aurelius
We scientists, whose tragic destiny it has been to make the methods of annihilation ever more gruesome and more effective, must consider it our solemn and transcendent duty to do all in our power in preventing these weapons from being used for the brutal purpose for which they were invented. Albert Einstein
Politics is the science of getting more power than anyone deserves to have. Kirk Brothers, The Revolutionary Right
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