Quotations on Power

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The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Government, Power, People, Authority, Choices, Democracy, Fate, Principles, Tradition)

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: History, Men, Power, Control)

The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Politics, Power, Science, Experience, History, Knowledge, Action, Future, Gold, Past)

Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
- Abigail Adams
(Keywords: Men, Power, Husbands)

The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Men, Power, Effect, Killing, Publicity, Self)

Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.
- Henry Brooks Adams
(Keywords: Science, Power, Day, Existence, Mankind, May, Race, Suicide, World)

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Government, Power, Trust, Danger, Liberty, Living, Man, Maxim, Public)

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Power, Authority, Earth, Law, Liberty, Man, Will)

The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.
- Alfred Adler
(Keywords: Art, Experience, Power, Potential)

Is there an equality of power between America and Iraq? Definitely not; however, the Iraqi people are standing fast and are defending their land courageously.
- Bashar al-Assad
(Keywords: Equality, Power, People, America, Iraq, Land)

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.
- Louisa May Alcott
(Keywords: Life, Power, Dream, Wishes)

Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
- James Allen
(Keywords: Intelligence, Love, Power, Thoughts, Being, Choice, Key, Man, Right)

The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Keywords: Imagination, Power, Faith, Children, Desire, Magic, World)

We in the press, by our power, can actually undermine leadership.
- Christiane Amanpour
(Keywords: Leadership, Power, Press)

Although our inattention can contribute to our lack of total well-being, we also have the power to choose positive behaviors and responses. In that choice we change our every experience of life!
- Greg Anderson
(Keywords: Change, Experience, Power, Positive, Choice)

No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
- Barbara de Angelis
(Keywords: Change, Happiness, Life, Power, Control, Want)

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Education, Family, Power, Society, Knowledge, Progress, Information)

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: Education, Power, Development, Democracy, Freedom, Rest, Right)

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Work, Power, Genius, Boldness, Magic, Mind, Will)

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
- Robert Anthony
(Keywords: Change, Power, Blame)

If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Death, Power, Heresy, Reason)

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Power, Glory, Leisure, Politicians)

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Life, Power, Survival, Awareness, Contemplation, Value)

We must believe in the power of education. We must respect just laws. We must love ourselves, our old and or young, our women as well as our men.
- Arthur Ashe
(Keywords: Love, Men, Power, Women, Education, Laws, Old, Respect)

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Life, Power, Ability, Mind, Nothing, Observation)

She saw too that man has the power of exceeding himself, of becoming himself more entirely and profoundly than he is, truths which have only recently begun to be seen in Europe and seem even now too great for its common intelligence.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Intelligence, Power, Europe, Man, Now)

India saw from the beginning, and, even in her ages of reason and her age of increasing ignorance, she never lost hold of the insight, that life cannot be rightly seen in the sole light, cannot be perfectly lived in the sole power of its externalities.
- Sri Aurobindo
(Keywords: Age, Life, Power, Beginning, Ignorance, Light, Reason)

Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions.
- Roger Babson
(Keywords: Money, Health, Power, Knowledge, Character, May, Property, Will)

We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy.
- Joe Baca
(Keywords: War, Power, Wisdom, Morality, Democracy, Fight, Nation, Right, World, World war)

The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Men, Power, Knowledge, Angels, Desire)

It is not short of amazing, the power of a great idea to weld men together. There was in it a peculiar, intense, vital spirit if you will, that I have never felt before in any strike.
- Ray Stannard Baker
(Keywords: Men, Power, Idea, Spirit, Will)

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Equality, Power, Earth, Fact, May, Right)

People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.
- Albert Bandura
(Keywords: Faith, Power, People, Successful, Control, Ability, Effect, Exercise, Measure)

While I have never been a regular churchgoer, I'm anything but immune to the power and the majesty of the religious experience.
- Joseph Barbera
(Keywords: Experience, Power, Religious)

So the question is, First, Whether the civil magistrate hath power to force men in things religious to do contrary to their conscience, and if they will not to punish them in their goods, liberties, or lives? this we hold in the negative.
- Robert Barclay
(Keywords: Men, Power, Negative, Conscience, First, Force, Question, Religious, Will)

A habitual disuse of physical forces totally destroys the moral; and men lose at once the power of protecting themselves, and of discerning the cause of their oppression.
- Joel Barlow
(Keywords: Men, Power, Cause, Oppression)

But the lover's power is the poet's power. He can make love from all the common strings with which this world is strung.
- Amelia Barr
(Keywords: Love, Power, World)

That men should live honestly, quietly, and comfortably together, it is needful that they should live under a sense of God's will, and in awe of the divine power, hoping to please God, and fearing to offend Him, by their behaviour respectively.
- Isaac Barrow
(Keywords: Men, Power, God, Sense, Will)

I'm not after fame and success and fortune and power. It's mostly that I want to have a good job and have good friends; that's the good stuff in life.
- Drew Barrymore
(Keywords: Life, Success, Power, Fame, Fortune, Friends, Job, Want)

Muslims must believe that all power, success and victory comes from God alone.
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Keywords: Success, Power, God, Victory)

All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
- Charles A. Beard
(Keywords: History, Power, God, Gods, First, Stars)

The message that I gave on the - on the steps today was that you need to stand for those things that are right and empower the individual. Believe in the power of one person. Don't believe that you can't do it. Everybody wants - everybody wants a shot. That we can all agree on. Beyond that, it becomes politics. I'm not talking politics.
- Glenn Beck
(Keywords: Politics, Power, Right, Talking, Today)

Neither science, nor the politics in power, nor the mass media, nor business, nor the law nor even the military are in a position to define or control risks rationally.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Politics, Business, Power, Science, Control, Law, Media, Military)

This experience actually means the very opposite: the largest military power was unable to stop such a sensitive attack and will be unable to rule out such a possibility in the future. Precisely this is the background to the United States' military interventions.
- Ulrich Beck
(Keywords: Experience, Power, Possibility, Future, Military, states, United, Will)

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Art, Happiness, Power, Being, Lies)

At fifteen one is first beginning to realize that everything isn't money and power in this world, and is casting about for joys that do not turn to dross in one's hands.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: Money, Power, Beginning, First, World)

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
- Stephen Vincent Benet
(Keywords: Wisdom, Power, Thought)

The construction of life is at present in the power of facts far more than convictions.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Life, Power, Facts, Present)

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.
- Bo Bennett
(Keywords: Age, Power, Wisdom, Achievement, Growth, Purpose, Innocence, Personal growth, Self, Understanding, Youth)

No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.
- Jeremy Bentham
(Keywords: Government, Power, Religion, Belief)



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