Found 17 thoughts of power

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?

Harry Shearer

Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power.

Malcolm X

You see what power is - holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them!

Amy Tan

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.

John Stuart Mill

Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.

James A. Garfield

If power was an illusion, wasn't weakness necessarily one also?

Lois McMaster Bujold

The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish.

Henrik Ibsen

Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.

Dr. Thomas Fuller

Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well.

A. Bartlett Giamatti

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.

Baltasar Gracian

Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.

Woodrow Wilson

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

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.

John Lehman

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.

Stephen Vincent Benet

The secret of all power is - save your force. If you want high pressure you must choke off waste.

Joseph Farrell

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

David Brin

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.

Lord Macaulay