POWER QUOTES

quotations about power

Power quote

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it.

FRANK HERBERT, Chapterhouse: Dune

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The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

EDMUND BURKE, speech on the Middlesex Elections, 1771

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The Age of Reason has turned out to be the Age of Structure; a time when, in the absence of purpose, the drive for power as a value in itself has become the principal indicator of social approval. And the winning of power has become the measure of social merit.

JOHN RALSTON SAUL, Voltaire's Bastards

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Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

SAUL ALINSKY, "Tactics", Rules for Radicals

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Authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny.

JACQUES MARITAIN, "The Democratic Charter", Man and the State

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To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism -- it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.

BARACK OBAMA, Nobel Lecture, December 10, 2009

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In order to obtain and hold power, a man must love it.

LEO TOLSTOY, The Kingdom of God Is Within You

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Power does not consist in striking with force or with frequency, but in striking true.

HONORE DE BALZAC, Physiology of Marriage

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Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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He who always plays for power will often stand on the neck of one person to reach his arms around the neck of another.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

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The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding.

NICHOLAS BLACK ELK, The Sacred Pipe

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Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Self Reliance", Essays

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Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate'er it touches.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, Queen Mab

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O how feeble is man's power,
That if good fortune fall,
Cannot add another hour,
Nor a lost hour recall!

JOHN DONNE, song

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Nothing unmasks a man like his use of power.

ELBERT HUBBARD, The American Bible

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Power should act and not talk.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

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Beware the power of the pajama-clad, Cheeto-eating, twitter, blogging hordes. We are legion!

RACHEL MADDOW, The Rachel Maddow Show, May 4, 2009

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An empire built on power cannot attract the affections and loyalty that men bestow willingly on a regime of ideas and beauty.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen

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If you are to stay in the good graces of the powerful, you had best, however unobtrusively, please the servants of the powerful.

SAMUEL R. DELANY, Neverÿon

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The greatest sin a man or woman can commit is the abuse of power.

JOE BIDEN, Esquire, January 2012

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