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Beware of power - if you are given the option to have power be very certain of yourself before you decide to exercise that power.
View quotes by Dario Fo

Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.
View quotes by Hannah Arendt

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
View quotes by James Madison

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
View quotes by Ayn Rand

Goodness, armed with power, is corrupted; and pure love without power is destroyed.
View quotes by Reinhold Niebuhr

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
View quotes by John Adams

Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know you have it.
View quotes by Ralph Ellison

I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death. (Leviathan)
View quotes by Thomas Hobbes

I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but the people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take power from them, but to inform them by education.
View quotes by Thomas Jefferson

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
View quotes by Alexander Hamilton

An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy.
View quotes by Daniel Webster

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely
View quotes by Lord Acton

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.
View quotes by John Lehman

The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose.
View quotes by J Martin Kohe

Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any personality. To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires access to major institutions.
View quotes by C Wright Mills

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
View quotes by Ayn Rand

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
View quotes by George Orwell

Talent is that which is in a man's power! Genius is that in whose power a man is.
View quotes by James Russell Lowell

I know some photographs that are extraordinary in their power and conviction, but it is difficult in photography to overcome the superficial power or subject; the concept and statement must be quite convincing in themselves to win over a dramatic and compelling subject situation.
View quotes by Ansel Adams

Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other (Gesammelte Werke)
View quotes by Carl Gustav Jung



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