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Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
Lao Tzu

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.
Ansel Adams

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Edmund Burke

Power is my mistress
Napoleon Bonaparte

I don't think the advertisers have any real idea of their power not only to reflect but to mould society
Marya Mannes

Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Margaret Thatcher

A father's disappointment can be a very powerful tool.
Michael Bergin

We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
Tryon Edwards

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
Colin Wilson

Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.
Simone Weil

A mighty power and stronger
Man from his throne has hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
William Wallace

All political power is a trust.
Charles James Fox

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it
Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Every person who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make life full, significant, and interesting.
Aldous Huxley

A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man.
Arnold Toynbee

When you realise that you possess within your self everything you need to promote your own success, the feeling is one of empowerment.
James Fixx

He has the brain power of an iron filing [on Paul Gascoigne]
Marcus Berkman

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
Lyndon Johnson

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
James Madison

If you are looking for a small slice of power then you could do worse than get involved in business.
Garet Garrett

It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.
Clive James

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
Epictetus

Like my father before me, I'm a very passionate person, with boundless energy and tremedous willpower.
Raymond Blanc

Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever.
Kahlil Gibran

A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.
Thomas Szasz

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Seneca

The only real power comes out of a long rifle.
Joseph Stalin

The poverty of the country is such that all the power and sway has got into the hands of the rich, who by extortious advantages, having the common people in their debt, have always curbed and oppressed them in all manner of ways.
Nathaniel Bacon

The silent power of books is a great power in the world; and there is a joy in reading them which those alone can know who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they may yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations
Henry Giles

Laws could be passed to keep the leader of a government from getting too much power.
Sir Thomas More

As a conservative power, the United States has a vital interest in upholding and expanding the reign of law in international relations.
James Fulbright

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
Thomas J Watson

To understand the mysteries of life you must look around and within. You will see patterns everywhere; patterns that seem to manifest themselves over and over again. These patterns exist intertwined within nature and man bridging the gap between the enigma of self and universe. You see them in spiraling galaxies and the Mandelbrot fractal of fossilized Ammonoidea; growing from the unknown to atoms to molecules to solar systems to galaxies to the paradoxical expanses of the universe with origins and destinations unknown; just like us in birth and death. The similarities of tree branches, rivers and blood veins. The power of cellular division and nuclear fission, the patterns of finger prints like endoplasmic reticulum, or a black opal's play of fire like the nebula of supernova. Moon shots are like protoplasmic lurches, while simple thoughts and observations of the nature around us take us beyond the unknown. The clues to the great mystery are all around us and deep within us.
Bryant H McGill

The power that makes grass grow, fruit open, and guides the bird in flight
is in us all.
Anzia Yezierska

Maybe when I turn 60... I'll have the power to speak to people and make them tremble a bit [on Alex Ferguson]
Jose Mourinho

When you look at electrical things you can see that they are made of small and big wires, cheap and expensive all lined up. Until the current runs through them there will be no light. Those wires are you and me and the current is God. We have the power to let the current pass through us, use us and produce the light of the world or we can refuse to be used and allow darkness to spread.
Mother Teresa

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
Virginia Woolf

Our appearance is a powerful communication tool, sending messages to every sighted person. Everyone is highly influenced by the visual impression of a person they are meeting for the first time
Catherine Bell

The power of a man, to take it universally, is his present means, to obtain some future apparent good; and is either original or instrumental. (Leviathan)
Thomas Hobbes

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.
Ralph Ellison

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
Ovid

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

A mean, tipsy, powerful, rotten-egg lady.
Mercedes McCambridge

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Charles Darwin

A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God? [Paraphrasing Lord Acton, presumably]
George Deacon

There is no man more dangerous, in a position of power, than he who refuses to accept as a working truth the idea that all a man does should make for rightness and soundness, that even the fixing of a tariff rate must be moral.
Ida Tarbell

The two important things I have learned are that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavour is taking the first step; making the first decision.
Robyn Davidson

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



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