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

Men are never very wise and select in the exercise of a new power.
      - William Ellery Channing,
        The Present Age--An Address

I will tell you where there is power: where the dew lies upon the hills, and the rain has moistened the roots of the various plant; where the sunshine pours steadily; where the brook runs babbling along, there is a beneficent power.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Iron hand in a velvet glove.
      - attributed to Charles V,
        used also by Napoleon I

Power, carried to extremes, is always liable to reaction.
      - Rufus Choate

It is in the faculty of noble, disinterested, unselfish love that lies the true gift and power of womanhood,--a power which makes us, not the equal of men (I never care to claim such equality), but their equivalents; more than their equivalents in a moral sense.
      - Frances P. Cobbe

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, like the diamond, dazzles the beholder, and also the wearer; it dignifies meanness; it magnifies littleness; to what is contemptible, it gives authority; to what is low, exaltation.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The worst thing that can be said of the most powerful is that they can take your life; but the same thing can be said of the most weak.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There are three kinds of power,--wealth, strength, and talent; but as old age always weakens, often destroys, the two latter, the aged are induced to cling with the greater avidity to the former.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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: the pains of power are real, its pleasure imaginary.
      - Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon (p. 255)

Whoever can do as he pleases, commands when he entreats.
  [Fr., Qui peut ce qui lui plait, commande alors qu'il prie.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Sertorius (IV, 2)

So mightiest powers buy deepest calms are fed,
  And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be!
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter),
        Songs--The Sea in Calm (l. 13)

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.
      - William Cowper

It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery.
      - Demosthenes

Next to the assumption of power was the responsibility of relinquishing it.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The more you are talked about, the less powerful you are.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

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

For that can power give more than food and drink,
  To live at ease, and not be bound to think?
      - John Dryden, Medal (l. 235)

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
      - Albert Einstein

All the elements, whose aid man calls in, will sometimes become big masters.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a search after power; and this is an element with which the world is so saturated--there is no chink or crevice in which it is not lodged--that no honest seeker goes unrewarded.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men such as they are, very naturally seek money or power; and power because it is as good as money.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Power obeys reality, and not appearances; power is according to quality, and not quantity.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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