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Quotations About / On: POWER

  • 11.
    The power of the people and the power of reason are one.
    (Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act III (1835).)
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  • 12.
    I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, June 12, 1815.)
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  • 13.
    'Tis a sort of duty to be rich, that it may be in one's power to do good, riches being another word for power.
    (Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. letter, c. Sept. 24, 1714, to her husband. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).)
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  • 14.
    Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad man.
    (John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron Acton (1834-1902), British historian. Letter, April 3, 1887, to Bishop Mandell Creighton. The Life and Letters of Mandell Creighton, vol. 1, ch. 13, ed. Louise Creighton (1904). William Pitt the Elder had made a similar observation, in a speech to the House of Lords, Jan. 9, 1770: "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it." In the present century, the economist J.W. Galbraith wrote, "In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes." ("The United States," published in New York Nov. 15, 1971, repr. In A View from the Stands, 1986).)
  • 15.
    Success goes thus invariably with a certain plus or positive power: an ounce of power must balance an ounce of weight.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Power," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 16.
    Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.
    (Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and feminist. The Work of a Common Woman, by Judy Grahn, introductory essay (1978).)
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  • 17.
    Money: power at its most liquid.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 18.
    Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.
    (Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. Gravity and Grace, "Attention and Will," (1947, trans. 1952).)
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  • 19.
    A friend in power is a friend lost.
    (Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry Adams, ch. 7 (1907). Referring to the rupture with Senator Charles Sumner.)
  • 20.
    Power is paradoxical.
    (Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Portrait of a Planet (1971).)
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