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POWER
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Power is ever stealing from the many to the few.
      - Wendell Phillips

Unlimited power corrupts the possessor.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        referring to the case of John Wilkes

It is an observation no less just than common, that there is no stronger test of a man's real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice.
      - Plutarch

And deal damnation round the land.
      - Alexander Pope, The Universal Prayer
         (st. 7)

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
      - William Proxmire

In a democratic nation, power must be linked with responsibility, and obliged to defend and justify itself within the framework of the general good.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
        in last annual message to Congress, Janurary 6, 1945

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

It is not the weariness of mortality, but the strength of divinity, which we have to recognize in all mighty things; and that is just what we now never recognize, but think that we are to do great things by help of iron bars and perspiration. Alas! we shall do nothing that way but lose some pounds of our own weight.
      - John Ruskin

The power of association is stronger than the power of beauty; therefore, the power of association is the power of beauty.
      - John Ruskin

I feel a host in this single arm.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Can I summon armies from the earth?
  Or grow a cornfield on my open palm?
    [Ger., Kann ich Armeen aus der Erde stampfen?
      Wachst mir ein Kornfeld in der flachen Hand?]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Die Jungfrau von Orleans (I, 3)

I feel an army in my fist.
  [Ger., Ich fuhle eine Armee in meiner Faust.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Die Rauber (II, 3)

He who is too powerful, is still aiming at that degree of power with is unattainable.
  [Lat., Quod non potest vult posse, qui nimium potest.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus
         (215)

He who has great power should use it lightly.
  [Lat., Minimum decet libere cui multum licet.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Troades
         (336)

No pent-up Utica contracts your powers,
  But the whole boundless continent is yours.
      - Jonathan Mitchell Sewall,
        Epilogue to Addison's Cato,
        written for the performance at the Bow Street Theatre in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

In his livery
  Walk'd crowns and crownets; realms and islands were
    As plates dropp'd from his pocket.
      - William Shakespeare

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

Power, life a desolating pestilence,
  Pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience,
    Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
      Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame,
        A mechanized automaton.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

The awful shadow of some unseen Power
  Floats, tho' unseen, amongst us.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley,
        Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

Power, like a desolating pestilence,
  Pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience,
    Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
      Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame
        A mechanized automaton.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab (pt. III)

A fair woman shall not only command without authority, but persuade without speaking.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

That magnetism, an unseen agent, is the instrumentality with which women are made more potent than the strongest men, cannot be questioned. It is more than an equivalent for large bones and elephantine muscles.
      - Jerome Van Crowninshield Smith

To deny we need and want power is to deny that we hope to be effective.
      - Liz Smith

Power and courtly influence form an intoxicating draught even when raised to the lips of an ascetic and a saint.
      - Sir James Fitzjames Stephen

The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)


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