Sunday, 23 June 2013


All human power is a compound of time and patience. - Honore de Balzac

An empire built on power cannot attract the affections and loyalty that men bestow willingly on a regime of ideas and beauty. - Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

And herein lies the secret of true power. Learn, by constant practice, how to husband your resources, and concentrate them, at any moment, upon a given point. - James Allen

Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken. - Abigail Adams

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. - George Washington

Authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny. - Jacques Maritain

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you are not. - Unknown

Do not mistake the rule of force for true power. Men are not shaped by force. - Euripides

Even the wise become as the unwise in the enchanted chambers of Power, whose lamps make every face of the same colour. - Walter Savage Landor

Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. - Rene Descartes

Have you never thought how danger must surround power as shadow does light? - Ursula K. le Guin

He who looks for great power searches for perils. - Edward Counsel

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

If people don't think they have the power to solve their problems, they won't even think about how to solve them. - Saul Alinsky

If you are born to power, you must prove you deserve it through good works – or give it up. To do any less is to act without conscience. - Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

If you are to stay in the good graces of the powerful, you had best, however unobtrusively, please the servants of the powerful. - Samuel R. Delany

It is a mistake, that a lust for power is the mark of a great mind; for even the weakest have been captivated by it; and for minds of the highest order, it has no charms. - Charles Caleb Colton

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. - Aung San Suu Kyi

Men in great place are thrice servants; servants of the sovereign state, servants of fame, and servants of business; so as they have no freedom, neither in their persons, nor in their actions, nor in their times. It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self. - John Locke

Men in power are always interested in greater power. - Dan Brown

Never doubt what small men will do for great power. - Paolo Bacigalupi

No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage. - Plutarch

Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through conscious thoughts. - Tony Robbins

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominance. - Joseph Addison

Nothing unmasks a man like his use of power. - Elbert Hubbard

One of the things about powerful people is they have the ability to make it look easy. - Ice-T

One uses power by grasping it lightly. To grasp too strongly is to be taken over by power, and thus to become its victim. - Frank Herbert

Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who ... have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well. - J. K. Rowling

Power – a currency that never went out of style. - Dan Simmons 

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it. - Frank Herbert

Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. - Frank Herbert

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. - George Bernard Shaw

Power deludes the ones who wield it. - Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best. - Edward Abbey

Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. - Saul David Alinsky

Power is what men seek, and any group that gets it will abuse it. It is the same story. - Lincoln Steffens

Power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within it bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes. - Andrew Hamilton

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. - Unknown

Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power. - Charles Colton 

The greatest power is often simple patience. - E. Joseph Cossman

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. - Edmund Burke

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it. - Chinese Proverb

The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness. - Unknown

Those who sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. -  John F Kennedy

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it. - Alexander Graham Bell

What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement. - Napoleon Hill

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

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