Power Quotes

The dhammapada - better than power over all the earth, better than...
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Elizabeth janeway - power is the ability not to have to please....
The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.
Andre Malraux
Power n The only narcotic regulated by the SEC instead of the FDA.
Anon.
Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.
Herbert Marshall McLuhan

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
Edward De Bono
The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 1647
Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.
William Plome
Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most.
Thucyclides
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Thomas Paine
Any fine morning, a power saw can fell a tree that took a thousand years to grow.
Edwin Teale
But psychoanalysis has taught that the dead? a dead parent, for example? can be more alive for us, more powerful, more scary, than the living. It is the question of ghosts.
Jacques Derrida, Quoted in New York Times, January 23, 1994
The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction.
Michael Faraday
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
Honore de Balzac
The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.
Mary Bertone
Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place.
Carl Jung
Every good communist should know that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Mao Tse Tung
The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God or Satan is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance... logic can be happily tossed out the window.
Stephen King
Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.
James F. Byrnes
When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half - Blood Prince, 2005
Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in which the president personally exercises his assigned executive powers is not subject to questioning by another branch of government.
Richard Milhous Nixon
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.
John Adams
For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imaginations, we learned to talk.
Stephen Hawking
In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.
John Henry Cardinal Newman
There are questions of real power and then there are questions of phony authority. You have to break through the phony authority to begin to fight the real questions of power.
Angel Blessing
Answer That you are here - - - That life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
Walt Whitman
Corporations have been enthroned.... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands... and the Republic is destroyed.
Abraham Lincoln
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
Benjamin Disraeli
When I say I believe in a square deal i do not mean... to give every man the best hand. If the cards do not come to any man, or if they do come, and he has not got the power to play them, that is his affair. All I mean is that there shall be no crookedness in the dealing.
Theodore Roosevelt
The world is too much with us late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powersLittle we see in Nature that is oursWe have given our hearts away, a sordid boon.
William Wordsworth
No power on earth or above the bottomless pit has such influence to terrorize and make cowards of men as the liquor power. Satan could not have fallen on a more potent instrument with which to thrall the world. Alcohol is king.
Eliza Mother Stewart
Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon? laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution? these can lift at a colossal humbug? push it a little? weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, chapter 10 (1916)
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781 - 82
Asking to meet with Italian businessmen instead of government officials. I want to talk to these people because they stay in power and you change all the time.
Nikita Khrushchev
He who does not desire power is fit to hold it.
Plato
People unfit for freedom - who cannot do much with it - Are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a have type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a have not type of self.
Eric Hoffe
Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.
Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
The United States has the power to destroy the world, but not the power to save it alone.
Margaret Mead
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