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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

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 Caleb Colton

Power has no limits.
Tiberius Caesar

Man is born to seek power, yet his actual condition makes him a slave to the power of others.
Hans J. Morgenthau

To have command is to have all the power you will ever need. To have all the power you will ever need, is to have the world in the palm of you hand.
Tiberius Caesar

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

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
Baltasar Gracian

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.
Dr. Thomas Fuller

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.
John Lehman

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.
John Stuart Mill

The secret of all power is - save your force. If you want high pressure you must choke off waste.
Joseph Farrell

If power was an illusion, wasn't weakness necessarily one also?
Lois McMaster Bujold

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Lord Acton

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

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

The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use - of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.
Robert F. Kennedy

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Author Unknown

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
Elie Wiesel

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

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
Harry Shearer

The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish.
Henrik Ibsen

Give me a lever long enough And a prop strong enough, I can single handed move the world.
Author Unknown

He hath no power that hath not power to use.
Philip James Bailey

Then, everlasting Love, restrain thy will; 'Tis god-like to have power, but not to kill.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Every dictator uses religion as a prop to keep himself in power.
Benazir Bhutto

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
Thomas Jefferson

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt

Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.
Woodrow Wilson

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

The balance of power.
Edmund Burke

Dim with the mist of years, gray flits the shade of power.
Lord Byron

Men are never very wise and select in the exercise of a new power.
William Ellery Channing

Whoever can do as he pleases, commands when he entreats.
Pierre Corneille

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

Knowledge is power.
Sir Francis Bacon

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
Stephen Vincent Benet

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Stewart L. Udall

So mightiest powers buy deepest calms are fed, And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be!
Barry Cornwall

For that can power give more than food and drink, To live at ease, and not be bound to think?
John Dryden

Iron hand in a velvet glove.
William Ellery Channing

Neither art thou the man to catch the fiend and hold him!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Patience and Gentleness is Power.
Leigh Hunt

There is nothing which power cannot believe of itself, when it is praised as equal to the gods.

There is no knowledge that is not power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much.
Francis Bacon

A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it.
Jean Rostand

My opinion is, that power should always be distrusted, in whatever hands it is placed.
Sir William Jones

O what is it proud slime will not believe Of his own worth, to hear it equal praised Thus with the gods?
Ben Jonson

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control -- these three alone lead to power.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all mankind.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Those who do not wish to kill any one, wish they had the power.

Without his rod revers'd, And backward mutters of dissevering power.
John Milton

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

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

The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.
Edmund Burke

Power is neither male nor female.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Power ought to serve as a check to power.
John Milton

Though the power be wanting, yet the wish is praiseworthy.

Refuse to wave the flag Refuse to move the missiles from the warehouse to the dock.
Arundhati Roy

God deliver me from the venom of the cobra, the tooth of the tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan.
Sylovester Stallone

This administration has broken faith with the people of America. They have squandered the immense good will extended by other nations.
Senator Edward M Kennedy

Every Communist must grasp the truth: "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.".
Mao Tse-tung

We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.
Max Lerner