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

There is nothing which power cannot believe of itself, when it is praised as equal to the gods.
  [Lat., Nihil est quod credere de se
    Non possit, quum laudatur dis aequa potestas.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (IV, 70)

Those who do not wish to kill any one, wish they had the power.
  [Lat., Et qui nolunt occidere quemquam
    Posse volunt.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (X, 96)

The possession of power unavoidably spoils the free use of reason.
      - Immanuel Kant

In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
      - Henry Kissinger

Where power is absent we may find the robe of genius, but we miss the throne.
      - Walter Savage Landor

We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Power, safely defied, touches its downfall.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

The height of power in women, so far as manners are concerned, rests in tranquillity.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

There is no surer mark of a low and unregenerate nature than this tendency of power to loudness and wantonness instead of quietness and reverence. To souls baptized in Christian nobleness the largest sphere of command is but a wider empire of obedience, calling them, not to escape from holy rule, but to its full impersonation.
      - James Martineau

Without his rod revers'd,
  And backward mutters of dissevering power.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 816)

Experience constantly proves that every man who has power is impelled to abuse it; he goes on till he is pulled up by some limits. Who would say it! virtue even has need of limits.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Power ought to serve as a check to power.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Laws could be passed to keep the leader of a government from getting too much power.
      - Thomas Moore

Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

She who has beauty might ensnare a conqueror's soul, and make him leave his crown at random, to be scuffed for by slaves.
      - Thomas Otway

Though the power be wanting, yet the wish is praiseworthy.
  [Lat., Ut desint vires tamen est laudanda voluntas.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (III, 4, 79)

The wild boar is often held by a small dog.
  [Lat., A cane non magno saepe tenetur aper.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Remedia Amoris (422)

Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.
      - Blaise Pascal

Power is the queen of the world, not opinion; but opinion makes use of power.
      - Blaise Pascal

All that you do increases your power to do more.
      - Jean Paul (pseudonym of Jean Paul Friedrich Richter)

For we put the power in the people.
      - William Penn

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

A partnership with men in power is never safe.
  [Lat., Nunquam est fidelis cum potente societas.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (I, 5, 1)

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