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Power Quotes

Updated on September 15, 2009

Power Quotes

Power is dangerous unless you have humility.
Richard J. Daley

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.
Julius Caesar

There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.
Jackie Kennedy

The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
Blaise Pascal

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

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
Carl Jung

It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable.
Eric Hoffer

From antiquity, people have recognized the connection between naming and power.
Casey Miller & Kate Swift

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

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
Lord Acton

Horsepower was a wonderful thing when only horses had it.

Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all you energies on a limited set of targets.
Nido Qubein

Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he groweth out of use.
Francis Bacon

O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
William Shakespeare

Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.
Eric Hoffer

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

Do the thing and you will have the power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cynic says, "One man can't do anything". I say, "Only one man can do anything."
John W. Gardner

The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.
John Ruskin

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

We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.
Stephen Covey

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.
Henry George

As a nuclear power - as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon - the United States has a moral responsibility to act.
Barack Obama

These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.
Abraham Lincoln

Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.
Tony Robbins

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
Thomas Jefferson

The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.
Winston Churchill

It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.
Winston Churchill

Prayer is mans greatest power!
W. Clement Stone

Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.
Peter Drucker

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
Jimi Hendrix

Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.
Peter Drucker

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O'Rourke

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
John F. Kennedy

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

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.
Robert Frost

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
George Bernard Shaw

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw

An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it.
Richard Bach

The most efficient water power in the world - women's tears.
Wilson Mizner

The measure of a man is what he does with power.

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.

What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
Albert Camus

I believe in one thing only, the power of human will.
Joseph Stalin

Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
John Adams

Merely that I have a World Wide Web page does not give me any power, any abilities, nor any status in the real world.
Clifford Stoll

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

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
Oprah Winfrey

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

Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.
James Madison

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

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
Marianne Williamson

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
James A. Baldwin

To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
Marcus Aurelius

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

The source and center of all man's creative power... is his power of making images, or the power of imagination.
Robert Collier

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

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

Knowledge is power.
Francis Bacon

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor E. Frankl

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
John Muir

To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
Aldous Huxley

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
Andrew Carnegie


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    • Selene21 profile image


      11 years ago

      Love it

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      11 years ago

      Thanks Sophs!

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      11 years ago

      Great hub UH :)

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      11 years ago

      Thank you so much Internet Writer for this wonderful comment. You definitely are write about power. This comment of yours can be another famous quote on power. :)

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      11 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Fantastic collection of quotes, I never knew there was so much said about the subject of power. Then again, I guess since so many want this "illusion" there will be much to say about it. I personally believe there is no power other than what God give each individual. Excellent research. Though provoking hub! Powerful words!

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      12 years ago from India

      WOnderful Hub UH. Bookmarked it. I liked the quotes especially of Stephen Covey and Ayn rand and her book the fountaind head tells us that the worst second hands are one who thirsty for power. Awesome read.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      12 years ago

      This is quite painfully true analysis of both the current situation and the quote.

      And you see how media is involved in helping governments out over these issues. Media has been brutally used over a long period of time.

      Thanx for this good comment Staci.

    • Staci-Barbo7 profile image


      12 years ago from North Carolina

      Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices. - Voltaire

      This statement contains so much truth. Applied to the current political and economic climate, when the government can make a people believe that they can 'get something for nothing' from those who have already made it, then we have a government that enslaves and steals from those who have succeeded at the expense of those who have not, and we have a people who are encouraged and taught to be lazy and indolent.


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