Quotations About / On: POWER
Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.
(Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. Gravity and Grace, "Attention and Will," (1947, trans. 1952).)
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.)
Power is paradoxical.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Portrait of a Planet (1971).)
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
(Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 13 (1973).)
Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
(Alvin Toffler (b. 1928), U.S. author. "The Democratic Difference," pt. 1, ch. 2, Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century (1990).)
How few writers can prostitute all their powers!
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Ronald Firbank," pt. II (1929), in Abinger Harvest (1936).)
... all children have creative power.
(Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 1 (1938).)
Power is the great aphrodisiac.
(Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. quoted in New York Times (Jan. 19, 1971).)
Helplessness is a mighty power.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
(George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. In Collected Essays (1961). "Notes on Nationalism," (1945).)