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There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many. Society is a troop of thinkers, and the best heads among them take the best places. A feeble man can see the farms that are fenced and tilled, the houses that are built. The strong man sees the possible houses and farms. His eye makes estates as fast as the sun breeds clouds.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Power exhibits itself under two distinct forms,--strength and force,--each possessing peculiar qualities, and each perfect in its own sphere. Strength is typified by the oak, the rock, the mountain. Force embodies itself in the cataract, the tempest, and the thunder-bolt.
      - James Abram Garfield

Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Neither art thou the man to catch the fiend and hold him!
  [Ger., Du bist noch nicht der Mann den Teufel festzuhalten.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 3, 336)

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

Power is neither male nor female.
      - Katharine Graham

Only he deserves power who every day justifies it.
      - Dag Hammarskjold

Unlimited power is helpless, as arbitrary power is capricious. Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We can attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter; we can persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Want of principle is power. Truth and honesty set a limit to our efforts, which impudence and hypocrisy easily overleap.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We endow those whom we love, in our fond, passionate blindness, with power upon our souls too absolute to be a mortal's trust.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

Real power has fullness and variety. It is not narrow like lightning, but broad like light. The man who truly and worthily excels in any one line of endeavor, might also under a change of circumstances, have excelled in some other line. Power is a thing of solidity and wholeness.
      - Roswell Dwight Hitchcock

Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's spirit than when we win his heart.
      - Eric Hoffer

All who become men of power reach their estate by the same self-mastery, the same self-adjustment to circumstances, the same voluntary exercise and discipline of their faculties, and the same working of their life up to and into their high ideals of life.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The hammer and the anvil are the two hemispheres of every true reformer's character.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The reward of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,
        in a letter to Charles Bunn

Patience and Gentleness is Power.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Sonnet--On a Lock of Milton's Hair

Power is the ability not to have to please.
      - Elizabeth Janeway

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

One precedent in favor of power is stronger than a hundred against it.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Power is not alluring to pure minds.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Power must never be trusted without a check.
      - Thomas Jefferson

He that has once concluded it lawful to resist power, when it wants merit, will soon find a want of merit, to justify his resistance to power.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Some have little power to do good, and have likewise little strength to resist evil.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

My opinion is, that power should always be distrusted, in whatever hands it is placed.
      - Sir William Jones,
        in a letter to Lord Althorpe

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